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Bilic lauds 'top' signing

Filed: Wednesday, 15th June 2016
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic has hailed new signing Sofiane Feghouli as a "top player".

The 26-year-old Algerian international completed his free transfer from Valencia yesterday. Ad Bilic, speaking during the Hungary vs Austria Euro 16 clash could barely hide his delight at landing one of the club's top summer targets.

"I got a message from the chairman that we had signed Feghouli," he told ITV anchor Mark Pougatch. "Feghouli is a top player, a top winger. We got him for free on a Bosman so, we're active. We are preparing. He's a great signing for us."

Elsewhere at Euro 16, West Ham and France star Dimitri Payet has claimed that his game had reached "a new level" since he arrived in England last summer.

"Patrice Evra told me that playing in England would take my game to a new level and he was right," said Payet. "It is the most ­competitive league in the world — every game you have to fight for. There is no doubt I have become a better player there."

Payet's France face Albania later today knowing that a win would secure them a place in the knock-out phase with a game to spare.

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