“Payet was already a player that I liked a lot”
Damien Comolli, Tottenham’s director of football from 2005-08, has revealed that the north Londoners came close to signing him when he was just 20.
Comolli told the London Evening Standard: “When I was at Spurs the Saint-Etienne president telephoned me one day and said, ‘Listen, we’re on the point of signing this player, Dimitri Payet, from Nantes for 4m Euros’.
“That was an enormous amount of money for Saint-Etienne.
“He said, ‘I wondered if you’d be interested in buying him for Tottenham in two years’ time for 10m Euros’. I said ‘yes’.