Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley praises West Ham star Dimitri Payet

The former Marseille star has been magnificent for the club this season.

On a morning where reports have circulated over a new deal for West Ham United's French midfielder Dimitri Payet it is now being reported by Sky Sports that a Chinese club recently made an enquiry about the player.

The report states that an unnamed Chinese club is willing to pay £38 million for the player - who has been a revelation since his summer move from Marseille.

The player would also be offered a whopping £135,000-a-week after tax to go and play in the Chinese Super League.

That is a vast sum of money for the talented winger, who has been in excellent for form West Ham this season.

One man who has been massively impressed is a former West Ham boss. Alan Curbishley was gaffer at Upton Park for nearly two years before leaving the club over a storm regarding the sale of key players.

Speaking to Sky Sports News earlier today he said of Payet:

"He has captured the imagination of everyone over at Upton Park.

"The way he plays his football, it has been inspirational in a lot of the games.

"When he plays for West Ham he is a bit different. He is the sort of player that West Ham fans love to see.

"I don't think David Gold or David Sullivan could have wished for anything better this season. The fact they are going to a new stadium at the end of the season at the end of the year. Everything is going well for everyone involved at West Ham United."

At the moment it seems as though West Ham are ready to fight off any interest from China, or elsewhere, for the playmaker who only joined the club from Marseille in the summer.

Curbishley and plenty of other pundits will feel that holding on to key players is crucial toward West Ham success at the Olympic Stadium.

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