West Ham insist Payet will not be leaving in January
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.’
West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet