A forlorn Slaven Bilic told the world's press yesterday that his talismanic Frenchman was effectively on strike and refusing to play for the club.
Despite not reaching the same levels he set last season and at the European Championships with France, this term Payet has still statistically been West Ham's most creative player.
Bilic insists the player will not get his wish to be sold to former club Marseille, with claims his family are homesick, as reported by The Mirror.
But now Gary Neville and John Hartson have insisted the East Londoners are better off without him, delivering damning verdicts on his situation at the club.
Dimitri Payet shakes the hand of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after he is substituted
Manchester United legend Neville has played alongside some world greats in his career and he offered a withering riposte to Payet on Twitter.
"You're (West Ham) better off without him," Neville said on Twitter.
"He's a grain of sand on a beach to your club."
You're better off without him. He's a grain of sand on a beach to your club. https://t.co/9zGZzAJ9Rx— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 13, 2017
Speaking to the Ray Stubbs Show on talkSPORT 2, the Welshman said: “The West Ham supporters are outraged and I don’t think there’s a way back for Payet, I really don’t. I don’t think he can ever play for West Ham again. I think it’s gone too far.
Former Hammers hero John Hartson issues fans warning to Payet
“When the fans turn, especially the West Ham fans who can be very loyal, that can be very aggressive.
“When the West Ham fans turn I think they can be the worst in the country. And I believe they have totally turned against Payet."
The majority of West Ham supporters now feel the club should sell Payet this month and focus on avoiding relegation.
A section of supporters blame Payet's unhappiness on the club's owners David Sullivan and David Gold who failed to make good on promises to spend big on marquee signings in the summer off the back of West Ham's big move to the Olympic Stadium.