It was totally amazing that West Ham managed to sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille in the summer for just £10.75million despite his brilliant performances in Ligue 1, where he scored 7 goals and made 17 assists for Marseille. What is more amazing is that Arsene Wenger didn’t even consider bringing him to Arsenal, despite being fully aware of his talents.
Wenger said even way back in August about West Ham’s transfer dealings: “They’ve added quality players, especially in Payet. He’s a very creative and efficient player.”
Well know Slaven Bilic is very worried about losing him already, just seven months and six goals later, and according to the Standard, Arsenal are one of the clubs interested. Bilic is keen to give Payet a pay rise before the big boys come calling. “The club is moving, with the new stadium and everything, and the most important move is to keep your best players,” he said. “Dimitri Payet is our best player. And of course I would love to have him happy, long-term, at the club. “He only signed a few months ago, but he has made a huge impact and while he has a long contract he is in a good position. “We all want to keep him for a long, long time.”
Payet has been outstanding for the Hammers and would be an upgrade on most of our midfielders, including the ones in or out of the treatment room. Should Wenger go to West Ham with an offer they can’t refuse?