Date: 20th December 2016 at 7:22am
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West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet has been quoted this weekend as saying playing for Arsenal could ‘only be fun’ but quickly pointed out there has been no contact over him.

Sky Sports carry the piece and reference vague speculation linking us with a move for their playmaker, despite Arsene Wenger’s earlier admittance that he passed up the opportunity to sign the French international because he had concerns about his inconsistency.

It seems that vague speculation certainly won’t go away though and West Ham fans won’t be too enamoured with their star being so public about his openness to a move to the Emirates Stadium in January or beyond.

The report has Payet saying categorically that no contact has occured between him, his representatives or Arsenal and on that basis clearly not Arsenal and West Ham and whilst he said he was committed to helping steer his own club away from the dropzone, Arsenal ‘could be fun’ to play for if the chance came around.

‘I read that Wenger considers me the missing piece of the Arsenal’s game, but he’s never told me that! We conceded five or six at home against them. When you see them playing, as a technical player, you could only have fun in that team. They’re candidates for the title every year.’

It appears Sky have lifted his interview from RMC but I’ve had no luck in finding the full piece, so some will consider this poor form from the player, others will wonder how out of context and leading the questions were but clearly Payet is not against a move based on the remainder of his answers – but what player is against a move thesedays?

‘The situation at the club affects me, but I’m an ambitious person. I’m in a fight with my club and I’m giving everything for them, to get out of this difficult situation, but I’m not closing the door to anything. I miss the Champions League. I’ve got some great years ahead of me and I want to enjoy them by playing in important competitions.’

The final quote they carry is.

‘If I’m forced to leave West Ham, it will be done according to the rules – the club will have its share of the cake. My coach understands that today’s situation does not suit me. I will ask the questions at the right time.’

Whilst Payet’s qualities are clear, I’m just not sure where he’d fit to be absolutely honest and he’s not the type of player I’d have at the top of my January shopping list in any event.

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