Arsene Wenger talks about Dimitri Payet, Arsenal boss plotting January bid for £6.5m-a-year West Ham star

Arsenal are reportedly plotting a January bid for West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet.

The Hammers star has more than four years left to run on his current contract – worth £125,000 per week (£6.5m per year) according to The Sun.

However, The Sun claim that the 29-year-old could soon be on his way out of the London Stadium.

Arsenal are currently fighting for the Premier League title, while West Ham are battling relegation at the other end of the table.

Should both teams be in those same positions in the New Year, The Sun say Arsenal will make their move to pluck Payet from the struggling Stratford side.

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Arsenal visit West Ham on Saturday afternoon and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Payet in the build-up to the match.

Wenger is quoted by The Sun as saying: “Payet is now even in France one of the star players, he has realised a bit late in his career and fulfilled his potential.

“West Ham was one of the triggers for him, not only did he convince last year he is a top class player, he won his place in the national team.”

Payet will be 30 in March, but he has yet to play for a club worthy of his wizardry during a career that has consisted of spells at AS Excelsior, Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Lille, Marseille and now West Ham.

A move to Arsenal would be a huge opportunity for Payet to take his game to the next level, before he passes his peak.

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