French connection can take Dimitri Payet to Liverpool as Reds move for St Etienne star

06 November 2010 12:26
Damien Comolli hopes to make an early impact at Liverpool by signing midfield prospect Dimitri Payet from under the noses of three other bidders.

Anfield's newly-appointed director of football strategy believes his St Etienne connections could give him a decisive edge over Napoli, Inter Milan and Aston Villa in the £7million battle to sign 23-year old Payet who, as Sportsmail revealed, was watched by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson in September.

On the move: Dimitri Payet (centre) could be set for Liverpool

An attacking midfielder or winger, Payet is on the verge of breaking into the senior France side after catching Laurent Blanc's eye with seven goals in as many games this season.

It has also put him in the frame for a January move to England or Italy, with Comolli, the former director of football at Tottenham and credited with unearthing some top youngsters, poised to win the race.

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Source: Daily_Mail