Bang, there goes the 'beautiful' friendship between Hammers boss Slaven Billic and last year's hero Dimitri Payet. Billic came straight out with it during his weekly press conference, Payet has refused to play or even train with the rest of the team in order to force through a return to newly rich Marseille, the club that sold him to West Ham for £10.75 Million. Rumours of Payet's discontent have been rife, and these along with his recent body language and languid performances meant the player once seen as West Ham's talisman was always going to leave the club sooner rather than later. The question was when, who to and for how much? No player is without a price and to the hammers board's credit they did their up most to keep Payet but it was not to be. Marseille are not the only suitors for Payet, PSG are keen on the player as well, what is clear is that West Ham will not sell Payet to a Barclays Premier League club, they would rather he play for the reserves! Having only recently signed a new contract diminishes The 30 year old french star's bargaining power, but as is par to the norm nowadays, money talks and West Ham are not a rich enough club to afford the luxury of having a star playing for the reserves. A price of £30 Million is being mentioned, which would equate to Marseille paying an additional £19 Million to the transfer fee they initially received for Payet from West Ham if he eventually ends up there, alternatively West Ham could potentially sell Payet to a super rich Chinese club whether he wants to go there or not! Either way it is a scrappy way to end the 'Payet' love affair, perhaps it was just a holiday romance after all? - Ed
PS: Even before this news, it was interesting to note that Dimitri Payet hadn't received a single vote in our best player poll!