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Will Chelsea keeper get his Hammers teammate wish?

| 25.04.2016

Asmir Begovic featured in Chelsea’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, but despite the Blues impressive performance, there was one rival player who the Bosnian international would have liked to see in the champions’ line-up.

That man is Dimitri Payet, and Begovic was glowing in his praise of the 12-goal West Ham star, selecting him as the Premier League opponent he’d most like to see move to Stamford Bridge.

“He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic talent, he’s someone who I’d like to sign”, remarked the former Stoke stopper.

So, what are the chances of Begovic linking up with his dream team-mate in west London, or of Payet exiting Upton Park for a different destination?

Chelsea are favourites to secure the Reunion native’s signature if he is to make a move this summer, with a switch to the three-time Premier League winners priced at 5/1.

Arsenal, Manchester United and PSG are all 8/1 to add Payet to their roster, with the Parisians the clear frontrunner if a return to Ligue 1 is on the midfielder’s agenda.

His former club Lille (33/1) look highly unlikely to lure the 29-year-old back to northern France.

Tottenham round out the Premier League interest, meanwhile, with Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasing Spurs 10s to swoop for the ex-Nantes man.

Payet’s current employers are next in action at West Brom on Saturday with the Irons 11/10 to secure victory over Tony Pulis’ charges.

But for those who believe history can repeat itself, it’s 100/1 that we witness the Baggies replicate the 4-0 win from their last home meeting with West Ham, while Albion are 5/2 to win by any margin.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.