Selling Dimitri Payet for £38 million is good business for West Ham, but they should not do it.
West Ham attacker Dimitri Payet is the subject of extraordinary interest from an unnamed Chinese club, SkySports report.
The club are prepared to offer as much as £38 million, a staggering amount for a player who West Ham paid less than half that for back in the summer.
Payet is 29-years-old, and this is a financial offer West Ham are not likely to receive again.
Simply put it is from a short-term business perspective, too good to turn down - but at the same time the Hammers cannot afford to do so.
Selling Payet now would leave them unable to buy a replacement because the transfer window for English clubs is closed.
It would suck the life out of West Ham's excellent season, and enrage fans who have taken to the Frenchman thanks to his superb performances.
Only Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has created more chances per game in the Premier League this season, and West Ham's players and fans would be severely disappointed to see him leave.
In the summer this could be quickly addressed by reinvestment in other players, but given West Ham are moving into a new stadium and need the feel good factor to sell tickets and energise the fan base, letting their star asset go is a no go.