Friday 21 October 2016

Payet ends speculation with new Hammers deal

Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term deal at West Ham, the Premier League club announced last night.

The 28-year-old French playmaker was only seven months into a five-year deal having joined from Marseille for £10.75million in the summer, but had been a reported £38m target for an unnamed Chinese club.

Such has been Payet's impact for the Irons, the east London club moved to ensure he will not be easily lured elsewhere.

A club statement on the official website read: "West Ham United are delighted to announce that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

"The outstanding France playmaker, who has made a huge impact in claret and blue since arriving from Marseille last summer, has penned a deal until the summer of 2021.... and is delighted to have pledged his long-term future to the club."

Payet will be in the Hammers side which travels to Norwich tomorrow, but Bilic has a host of new injury worries following Tuesday's extra-time FA Cup replay win over Liverpool.

Irish defender Joey O'Brien and team-mate Winston Reid are to undergo scans on hamstring injuries, while midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate will miss the trip as he was knocked unconscious during the last-gasp 2-1 victory.

Centre-half James Tomkins will also miss out after a scan showed the calf injury he suffered at Southampton last Saturday will sideline him for around five weeks.

"We will know how long Winston and Joey will be out after the scans," Bilic added.

"With Tomkins out, we are without three defenders, so in that department it's not a great situation. We have a few other knocks, but to be fair we have a good feeling.

"Physically and psychologically Liverpool was a long game - 120 minutes drains you. But when you go through, it's almost like pre-season - you don't feel fatigue."

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