Dimitri Payet beats Mesut Ozil to claim London Player of the Year

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West Ham star Dimitri Payet has beaten the likes of Mesut Ozil and Harry Kane to win London Player of the Year.

The Frenchman joined West Ham in the summer and has been magnificent for the Hammers this season, scoring seven goals and providing a further six during as his side's attempt to sneak a top four finish.

Payet beat Ozil, Kane, Willian and Odion Ighalo, who were all nominated for the award.

Last month, Payet was rewarded for his fine performances with a new £125,000-a-week deal as the club attempts to fend off the bigger sides in Europe.

Ozil can consider himself slightly unfortunate to be pipped to the award after the German closes in on setting a new Premier League assist record.

The 27-year-old has created 18 goals and is just two away from equalling Thierry Henry’s total of 20 in a single league season.

Harry Kane was also in the running after his 16 goals have helped Spurs launch an unlikely title charge as they sit just three points behind league leaders Leicester.

Ozil and Kane will face each other Saturday lunchtime at White Hart Lane when Spurs and Arsenal clash in what is considered the most important north London derby in living memory.

Despite Chelsea’s disappointing defence of their Premier League trophy, Willian was also nominated for London Player of the Year.

The Brazilian has been one of the club’s most consistent performers during their difficult campaign, scoring 10 goals in all competitions.

This Premier League season has all been about surprise packages with Leicester topping the league and duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy currently the front runners for PFA Player of the Year.

Another player you can add to that list is Watford’s Ighalo who was also nominated for London Player of the Year.

The Nigerian has bagged 14 goals in 26 apperanes in the league following the Hornets’ promotion last term.

Payet expressed his delight at beating off the stiff competition and posted a long acceptance speech on Instagram, accompanying a picture of him with the trophy.

And his club’s official Twitter account celebrated Payet’s achievements by poking fun at Arsenal’s Ozil.

Elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino was named Manager of the Year for his work at White Hart Lane this season while his midfielder Dele Alli beat teammate Eric Dier, Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Charlton’s Ademola Lookman and Fulham's Moussa Dembele to the London Young Player of the Year award.

Petr Cech won goalkeeper of the year and John Terry, who could be playing his final season in London, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to London Football after his 21 years at Chelsea.

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