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Three way tug of war in Payet affair!

payetWest Ham’s board remain in intense discussions in a bid to accept an acceptable solution to the Dimi Payet saga but that appears to be as far off as ever.

Strong and sometimes differing views continue to be exchanged and include:

O taking the very best figure they can get even if it is shy of the bottom line £30 million;

O holding on until summer when more clubs may well enter the race thus giving Marselles and the player ‘pay back’ for their disgraceful attempt to hold West Ham to ransom;

O working on a solution which  may even see him back in a West Ham shirt although Slaven Bilic and the fans will surely make that impossible.

However, the suggestion that the Hammers need the money in a hurry to sort out possible deals for Robert Snodgrass and Scott Hogan don’t really hold up as the club would simply adopt a normal procedure of paying by instalments anyway and aren’t that short of cash to do so.

Each view has been put forward with great strength on various occasions and the  affair will go right down to the wire.

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It would be wrong to describe the position in terms of a boardroom split but the affair has certainly created a three way tug of war which they could continue to do without.





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4 comments on “Three way tug of war in Payet affair!

  1. As good as he was, I don’t see a way back for him into our club. That being said I don’t think we should make this about payback either. For me, the issue is him claiming it is Marseille only. If he wants to go back to France fair enough, but there are several clubs in the south of France he could play for and still live in Marseille. I really couldn’t care less if it makes his life less convenient in just the same way he couldn’t care less about our club, his team mates and manager, and the fans. This should be purely about what is best for West Ham. He is worth more than £30m and to take anything less would be to mug ourselves off. He has mugged us off more than enough already!

    I’d like to see the club hold out for the full fee (if Payet is so desperate to move home why doesn’t he make up the difference out of his own pocket?) and if they don’t pay then we keep hold of him until summer when we might be able to do other deals with clubs like Monaco or Nice for a player plus cash that is purely in the best interests of the club. As long as he is kept away from the first team I think the club will be fine and in the long run, paying a bit extra in wages now to help us secure a better deal and possibly a better and younger team player should be viewed as a viable option.

    Did someone say Balotelli?

  2. Please NO!!!. One trouble maker for another.

  3. You forget DiCanio was a troublemaker nobody wanted before he signed for us. That didn’t turn out too badly

  4. ok, so we were lucky once don’t mean you can keep pushing your luck. especially when he is showing hardly any signs of growing up.

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