Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Redknapp: West Ham won't sell hero Payet

Redknapp: West Ham won't sell hero Payet
The Hammers have placed a £60 million asking price on their star playmaker amid his fine performances for France but the former Tottenham boss does not expect them to sell
Harry Redknapp insists West Ham will retain the services of Dimitri Payet beyond this summer, as he is the club’s “biggest crowd favourite since Paolo Di Canio”.
Payet has enjoyed a remarkable rise since joining the Hammers for around £10 million from Marseille last summer and has excelled for France at Euro 2016 thus far this summer.
West Ham have subsequently braced themselves for bids from elite European clubs for Payet, with reports suggesting that the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City are monitoring his performances.
Goal understands that the Hammers have subsequently placed a £60 million asking price on the playmaker, and Redknapp insists that the club will do all they can to keep the 29-year-old as they prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium.
“I don’t think they'd sell him. West Ham have a new stadium, 60,000 stadium, Olympic Stadium, sold 50-odd thousand season tickets,” he told Betsafe. “David Sullivan, David Gold, they aren’t into selling that club, it's worth a fortune. They won't be short of money, I don’t see a reason why they would sell their star player.
“The fans idolise him, he has become a superstar with the West Ham supporters, probably the biggest crowd favourite since Paolo Di Canio. I definitely don’t see West Ham selling Payet, he has either signed a new contract or is on the verge of signing a new contract.
“I'm sure Slaven Bilic and the board will keep him. West Ham is an emerging club; they were excellent last year and next year they could do even better. Dimitri Payet will want to be part of that West Ham team; he has loved being at the Hammers. I'm sure he'll want to stay.”
Payet scored 12 goals and provided 15 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for West Ham last season. 
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