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Reports suggest French champions look set to beat Liverpool in race for the winger with English club reluctant to pay asking fee of around €12.3 million

Lille are closing in on Saint-Etienne winger Dimitri Payet, despite an interest from Premier League side Liverpool. UK revealed Reds director Damien Comolli is eager to lure the 24-year-old to Anfield, but he is not keen on matching the French club's asking price, around €12.3 million (£11 m).

Rather, he has valued the player at €6.7 m. That appears to have left the French champions with a window to move for Payet as L'Equipe reports the France international could complete a transfer north within days.

The former Nantes player is said to have spoken with Lille directors over personal terms and he has been guaranteed regular football by coach Rudi Garcia.

Saint-Etienne president Roland Romeyer expects big developments within the next few days as he declared: "We are talking and I hope things are concluded next week."

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the Frenchman who is tied to his current club until 2013.

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