Official: Lille snap up Saint-Etienne winger & Liverpool target Dimitri Payet

The France international has linked up with the Ligue 1 champions after being "seduced" by their project and stated he is looking forward to Champions League football
Lille have announced on their official website they have signed Saint-Etienne winger Dimitri Payet.

The figure involved in the transfer has not been revealed by either club, but reports in France suggest it to be in the region of €10 million [£9.1m].

The France international has penned a four-year contract which will keep him with the Ligue 1 champions until 2015.

Payet, who was also linked with a move to Liverpool, reportedly turned down on Monday a lucrative offer from
Paris Saint-Germain to sign for Lille, and the winger has now explained his move.

"This was basically a choice based on sporting aspects. The directors and the coach convinced me with their speech," the player told Lille's website.

"I was seduced by the club's project. A new stadium within a year, a competitive team: here, there is everything to succeed.

"At Lille, I have the possibility of playing in the Champions League and fighting for one of the top places in Ligue 1."

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