Dimitri Payet (Midfielder)
27th Mar 1987 ( Saint-Pierre, Réunion Island)Signed:
26th Jun 2015 (£10,700,000)Contract:
5 years (signed February 2016)Previous Club:
Player of the Year 2015/16; Goal of the Season 2015/16, (runner up) 2015/16, 2016/17; Best Signing 2015/16; Most Missed 2016/17; Hackett of the Year 2016/17.
Dimitri Payet plays for West Ham and the France national team as an attacking midfielder. Born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion he moved to France in 1999 with his family where he joined Le Havre.
Having failed to shine at Le Havre (where he was charged with possessing a lack of motiivation), Payet returned to Reunion in 2003 to join AS Excelsior, where he spent the next two season before returning to France with Nantes. After just a few months in the reserves he was promoted to the first team.
Payet became a regular in the Nantes first team but handed in a transfer request when the club were relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of the 2006/07 campaign. He was snapped up by Saint Etienne in a €4million deal but initially struggled to make the team. By the time he was signed by Lille in 2011, Payet was a regular in the side.
The then French champions paid £9million for Payet in June 2011 and he enjoyed two successful season at the club before moving to Marseille in an €11million switch two years later in June 2013. His second season at the club ended with him making more assists in Europe's top five leagues than any other player - prompting West Ham to sign him for £10.7million in the summer of 2015.