Pay demands from Dimitri Payet’s agents dominate the headlines this morning after ClaretandHugh exclusively broke the news yesterday that the midfielder’s advisers wanted talks on a new deal.
The player signed a deal worth £68,000, plus £10,000 per appearance, just eight months ago but our pal Darren Lewis over at The Mirror confirms what we told you – the club has no intention of letting him go.
According to his sources Payet’s financial team are looking for around £125k a week which the Hammers would certainly not be prepared to pay after less than a season and 22 appearances.
As we explained in our own story, the Hammers may indeed offer a new deal in the summer and that would certainly make the midfielder the club’s best paid player above Andy Carroll.
But the club has mocked agent suggestions that they could have an unhappy player on their hands if they don’t fork up now.
West Ham are adopting a measured approach to the issue but it is untrue that either Manchester United or Chelsea have made any moves in Payet’s direction despite the stories being put about.
A very well placed Hammers source explained: “There are no knee jerk reactions here. We look at everything at the end of the season anyway – it’s not a worrying situation or a particularly new one. We’ve been here before in other circumstances and we’ll deal with it .”
Mirror man Lewis quotes Slaven Bilic as saying: “We are moving, the club is moving with the new stadium and everything. Dimitri Payet is our best player and of course I would love to have him happy long term with the club .
“It is not only the staff and the players but the fans and the board. We’ll want to keep him for a long time.”
Slav would of course have been very aware of the agent noises and the club’s response to it and thus his words will probably have been based on insider knowledge of what is likely to happen next.