It’s quickly become inevitable that one of the stars of last season, Dimitri Payet, will not be at West Ham when the window closes.
After effectively going on strike, the Frenchman has been training with the Hammers’ reserve team this past week as rumours continue to swirl. Marseille appeared to be in pole position but talk of a move home for Payet has quietened as Rudi Garcia’s side seem reluctant to fork over the necessary fee.
Manchester United and, more frequently, Arsenal have been linked with a bid for the wantaway attacker and today Arsene Wenger has had his say on the reports.
“I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players.”
Although he did rule out a move, he admitted he did admire the 29-year-old.
“I rate Payet as a player, of course, but it’s not an area where we are looking for some players.
“No. We have many players offensively who can play in this position. You are interested by the quality of the player but there needs to be a need as well, and we have no need in this domain.”
Payet was involved in 32 goals in 44 games last season as he dazzled fans in his first season in England. He impressed for his national side at Euro 2016 and his late winner in their opening game was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tournament.
Quotes via Sky Sports