West Ham in­sist Payet will not be leav­ing in Jan­uary

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

LON­DON/ West Ham will take a tough stance over Dim­itri Payet in Jan­uary af­ter his ap­par­ent come-and-get-me plea to Paris Saint-Ger­main.

In­sid­ers have in­di­cated that they will not al­low them­selves to be pushovers when it comes to Payet, who has no re­lease clause in his con­tract.

As far as the Lon­don club are con­cerned, the France star is not for sale and has a con­tract that runs un­til 2021 to hon­our.

It was only in Fe­bru­ary when Payet signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal, which made him the best-paid player in the his­tory of the club on £125,000 (Sh16mil­lion) per week.

It in­cluded hand­some bonuses and a sign­ing-on fee af­ter his sen­sa­tional de­but sea­son in Eng­land.

De­spite that, West Ham dan­gled the po­ten­tial for an­other new deal in front of Payet in the sum­mer as he helped France to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

Else­where, West Bromwich Al­bion know Jan­uary will be their last chance to cash in on Saido Ber­ahino but the club out­cast is still in­tend­ing to see out his con­tract. The Bag­gies were ask­ing for about £25m (Sh3.20bn) be­fore the sea­son started and one club owner is on record as hav­ing said that they were not the only ones scared off by the high ask­ing price.

Stoke City, West Ham and Crys­tal Palace were among those to show an in­ter­est in Ber­ahino, who has al­ready turned down ex­tend­ing his con­tract with West Brom.

He was judged to be over­weight by Pulis pre­vi­ously and told to shape up, as he was sent to train on his own in Oc­to­ber. Ber­ahino then ap­peared to ridicule that call by post­ing a pho­to­graph on In­sta­gram of him­self top­less dur­ing his four-day fit­ness pro­gramme in the south of France with the cap­tion: ‘Fat boy.’

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