Dimitri Payet’s desired exit from West Ham reportedly remains some distance away after the club rejected an improved offer from his former club Marseille on Monday.
Press Association Sport reports that a fee just over the £20 million mark has been rebuffed by chairman David Sullivan as the Hammers remain firm on their stance of not selling the 29-year-old.
This season has not been as impressive for either Payet or Slaven Bilic’s side as a whole and Bilic said last week that Payet is now refusing to play for the club.
Bilic revealed the news at his news conference ahead of Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace, saying he felt “let down and angry” about Payet’s decision.
The first team were given Monday off following their impressive display against the Eagles but Press Association Sport reports that Bilic is following through on his threat to banish Payet from training.
Although he is currently suffering from a back injury, when he does train it will be alongside the club’s under-23 squad, with the transfer window still open for another fortnight.
Before the victory over former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, Sullivan insisted in his programme notes that Payet would not get his wish this month.
“The board’s position is that we do not want to sell Dimitri,” he wrote. “We do not need to sell Dimitri for financial or any other reasons, and we will NOT sell Dimitri in the January transfer window.”
After the convincing London derby win, Bilic was more interested in praising those who did turn out.
“Payet is a great player so you are losing quality, but the team showed it is about the team and not individuals,” he said.
“This is a great example for that. So let’s talk about Carroll, or Darren Randolph, or Mark Noble. Michail Antonio had flu and a temperature of 38.4 last night. He showed brilliant determination, brilliant quality. That’s what I want to talk about.”