Blues tipped to move for West Ham star

The 30-year-old France global midfielder made his demand three days ago and it has clearly shocked the West Ham manager who broke the news at his weekly pre-match press conference.

"We have said we don't want to sell our best players but Payet does not want to play for us", Bilic said.

"It has left me sad, angry, but at the moment Dimitri has said he will not play for the club, so I have no alternative but to plan for Saturday's match without him". Reece Oxford is certainly one of those and Bilic's favoured wingback system could suit him perfectly after he returned to full fitness following injury.

"I feel angry. We gave him everything".

"I feel let down".

The player has also been linked with a return to Marseille and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

"It's really frustrating and I have to look after my team, who are very committed and we can't let this happen, no way, never".

Payet has been among the most high-profile potential departures in the January window, the French midfielder having gone on strike to force his way out of the London Stadium whilst his manager claimed he had "probably been "tapped up".

"The club, as I have said so many times, don't want to sell him".

The following summer I took on the London Marathon to raise money for a breast cancer charity and mentioned it to Graham during an informal meeting. "We want to keep our best players".

The transfer policy of Premier League side West Ham United has been well documented in the early days of January, and the tactics of how they are going about their business have been heavily scrutinised by loyal Hammers fans and the outer football community.

"You do not have a stop in the middle where half of the team goes out and another half comes in, and you continue your trip".

Having spent two years at the Stade Velodrome prior to his switch to the Premier League, there is a logical argument for the club offering Payet a route out of what looks a very hard situation.

Along with N'Golo Kante, Payet was arguably the signing of last season following his arrival at West Ham from Marseille.

Many West Ham fans would like to see emerging young midfield talent Edimilson Fernandes remain in the side and argue he is a better player than Mark Noble.

Last season's joyous displays have been noticeable by their absence however, and Payet's main contribution this campaign has been the reputation that demands the player be closely marked even when he wasn't doing anything. "I am not so much hoping as expecting this reaction from my team against Crystal Palace tomorrow".

  • Stacy Allen