West Ham ace is looking to quit the club.
Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has expressed some sympathy for West Ham over their Dimitri Payet situation.
The BBC reported on Thursday that Payet has gone on strike in an attempt to force a move away from the club, with manager Slaven Bilic admitting to being 'angry' at the situation.
France's Dimitri Payet celebrates
It is a major distraction for the Hammers especially as they seek to bounce back from a 5-0 mauling by Manchester City in the FA Cup last week.
Roberts has hit out at Payet's lack of loyalty towards West Ham after extending his contract only last year, and compared the situation to Dimitar Berbatov forcing a move away from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United in 2008.
I am obviously not a West Ham fan but player loyalty is a joke at times no way Payet has future at West Ham now should be some sort of rule— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) January 12, 2017
For contracts for players and managers. If you sign 6 years and club want you to stay then have to do at least half of it— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) January 12, 2017
Berbatov done the same to us sulking refusing to train causing problems with other players so you have no choice but to sell— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) January 12, 2017
West Ham have three weeks until the end of the transfer window to decide what to do with Payet, but their decision will be dependent on the value of the bids which come in for him.
Dimitar Berbatov scores the third goal for Manchester United
Tottenham's Berbatov situation took until the final minutes of deadline day to play out, which was far from ideal for everybody concerned.
West Ham should look to avoid that, and if they do sell, do it as soon as possible, so they have the maximum amount of time possible to re-invest the money.