Real Madrid want Dimitri Payet to replace James Rodriguez

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It looks like James Rodriguez' time at Real Madrid is coming to an end. 

The unhappy Colombian midfielder has found it difficult to cement a place in the first team since Zinedine Zidane's arrival as Real boss earlier this year. 

He looks like he is on his way out this summer, but first, Zidane needs to find a replacement. 


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Surprise target 

And the Champions League finalists could have already identified one in West Ham's Dimitri Payet, according to The Sun. 

East London might seem an unlikely scouting ground for the La Liga giants, but Payet has gained a reputation as a special player in the Premier League this season. 

Joining the Hammers from Marseille in what has to be viewed as a huge bargain for £10.7million, the free-kick specialist has scored 12 goals and provided 12 assists over the course of the campaign. 

He also hit one of the goals of the season with this strike against Crystal Palace: 

That kind of form has not gone unnoticed by Zidane, who thinks he would be perfect for Madrid, though he would surely not be first in line for free-kicks. 

However, a deal is unlikely to happen before Euro 2016, as Los Blancos are waiting to see how Payet performs for France.

He would be a huge loss for West Ham, who rely heavily on his creativity. They are set to make an enormous profit if they do choose to cash in on him, as Madrid will have to pay well over what David Gold and David Sullivan shelled out last summer. 

James' replacement 

While Payet may be something of a shock choice for Real, it is little surprise who he is replacing. 

James has only been in the Spanish capital for two years, signing in a £63million deal from Monaco following some sensational performances in the 2014 World Cup. 

But the 24-year-old has been unable to reproduce that form consistently, and this season he has been restricted to just 17 La Liga appearances, though he has a decent return of 7 goals from them all the same. 

Like James, it may be difficult for Payet to shine in a midfield boasting the likes of Gareth Bale, Isco, and Luka Modric.

However, West Ham's Player of the Season would surely be tempted by the appeal of Champions League football, something he needs to move for after his current club finished in 7th place. 

Is Dimitri Payet good enough for Real Madrid? Have your say in the comments. 

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