Transfer talk

Payet signs for Lille

June 29, 2011

France international Dimitri Payet is looking forward to a "new adventure'' after completing his move to Ligue 1 champions Lille from St Etienne.

Dimitri Payet will play for Lille
GettyImagesDimitri Payet will play for Lille

Payet, 24, put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Tuesday night, ending a four-year association with ASSE.

Payet, who scored 13 goals last season, will now have the chance to play in the Champions League next term and he admits the lure of European football was too much to ignore.

"It's a huge satisfaction to finally be here in Lille,'' he told Lille's official website. "This was primarily a sporting decision. I was attracted by the future project of the club, a competitive team - here, there is everything to succeed.

"With LOSC I get to play in the Champions League and play a leading role in Ligue 1. Although so much happened in my four years at St Etienne, I needed a new adventure. I think Lille are the club that will help me with that.''