Three-way race as £11m wing wizard chase intensifies

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Liverpool are weighing up a bid for Saint-Etienne winger Dimitri Payet, but are not willing to pay the club's £11million asking price according to

The 24-year-old France international has gained a number of admirers following another impressive Ligue 1 season, with Paris Saint-Germain and recently crowned champions Lille also said to be considering offers.

Anfield's director of football Damien Comolli is a huge fan of Payet, having worked with the wing wizard during his time at Saint-Etienne before departing for Liverpool last November.

As Kenny Dalglish continues his search for wide midfield additions to strengthen his Liverpool squad, the Reds boss is preparing to enter a bidding war with the French clubs in an attempt to prise him to Merseyside this summer.

Comolli has outlined a figure of €6.7million to Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group as the sum needed to seal Payet's signature – a player who scored 13 goals in 33 appearances last season.


Payet, who is under contract until 2013, is believed to favour a move to Anfield but Saint-Etienne will have to lower their expectations over the transfer value if this is going to happen.

Saint-Etienne president, Roland Romeyer, revealed earlier this month that he had been in touch with English sides over the transfer of Payet, but insisted he would not let him leave on the cheap.

"There have also been calls from England," said Romeyer. "But there is no question of letting Dimitri leave at any price."

After reportedly losing out in the battle to sign Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, and the breakdown of the transfer of Sylvain Marveaux to Anfield, who instead sealed a switch to Barclays Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

Liverpool will now look to step up their pursuit of Payet, in order to send out a message to the rest of the league with a statement of intent about the club's aspirations ahead of the new season.

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