Report: West Ham set hefty price-tag to fend off Payet interest

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West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet could attract plenty of interest this summer.

According to A Bola, West Ham United are unwilling to negotiate anything less than €60 million [£48 million] for Dimitri Payet in a bid to fend off interest from Europe’s leading clubs.

The Portuguese publication claim that the Hammers’ star player is attracting interest from Europe’s elite clubs, including Barcelona, and that the club will only contemplate an irresistible offer.

The France international only joined West Ham from Marseille last summer, yet his impact in the Premier League has seemingly prompted other clubs to take more than a passing interest.

Payet has scored nine goals and added a further eight assists in 24 Premier League matches this term.

His stunning performances have already earned him a whopping new deal in East London, and many observers and pundits alike feel he is a strong contender for the Player of the Year award.

At 29, Payet isn’t exactly in the early days of his career yet his style of play in the playmaker role suggests he could still have the best part of another four years at the very top of his game.

Interest from Europe’s leading clubs doesn’t come as a surprise, yet West Ham must be wary that a failure to miss out on Champions League football could leave them in a slightly vulnerable position.

The report in A Bola claims that West Ham wouldn’t contemplate any offers less than £48 million, a figure which could be construed as a scare tactic as the Hammers clearly wouldn’t want to lose their best player.

But should an unlikely offer in that region come to the table, it would be interesting to see the Hammers’ response as a fee of that magnitude would represent a huge profit on the player in less than 12 months.

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