Payet lured by Hammers ambition

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West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has revealed he signed for the club because of manager Slaven Bilic's ambitious plan to qualify for European competition.

The France international has made an instant impact at the Hammers since joining from Ligue 1 club Marseille in the off-season, including scoring both goals in the club's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.

"When Slaven spoke to me about the project he had here it was a really interesting one and it was a really easy decision for me to sign here on a long deal," Payet told Sky Sports.

"When the new coach came in he had a new style of attacking football that he wanted to implement and that was exciting for an attack-minded player like myself.

"Then of course there is the new stadium coming along which is always an important stage for a club. Everyone here is very keen to improve on what we did last season when we finished 12th.

"We think we can do that and in the long term we are aiming to secure European football."

West Ham face a tough trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to take on unbeaten Manchester City, who are yet to concede a goal in the Premier League after five games.

However, the London club go into the game having already beating both Arsenal and Liverpool away from home and will be brimming with confidence.

"Many people wrote us off in those big away games but if you look at the quality of the squad here then I wouldn't say I'm surprised at all," he added.

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