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Tottenham almost signed France star


Tottenham are used to getting one over on neighbours West Ham, but it finally seems like the Hammers have something to laud over their rivals.

Dimitri Payet is West Ham and France’s man-of-the-moment right now and has arguably been the best player at Euro 2016 with some electrifying performances.

However, it could all have been very different, as former Spurs director of football Damien Comolli has told the London Evening Standard that he almost signed Payet for the Lilywhites eight years ago.

That deal only didn’t go through because Comolli left the club, though, of course, it’s not certain the Frenchman would have been a success at White Hart Lane.


He has been something of a late bloomer, coming to prominence at West Ham as a 29-year-old.

Back then, he was just 20, but what is most agonising is that Spurs could have signed him for just €10million.

He will cost way more than that if West Ham decide to cash in on him now, but even if he does go, they have at least had the benefit of him in their side for one sensational season.

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