West Ham are pondering withdrawing their interest in Lyon hotshot Alexandre Lacazette to ensure Dimitri Payet remains their top man.
The Hammers are understood to have offered a deal worth around £32million for Lacazette, but Slaven Bilic could withdraw his interest to make sure that France talisman Payet stays an remains their star.
Ligue 1 outfit Lyon are wanting £40million for the 25-year-old Lacazette and are angling for Paris Saint-Germain to make a move for the France international as West Ham prepare to ditch their interest.
Payet grabbed his second goal of Euro 2016 as France saw off Albania 2-0 on Wednesday and he has been the star man of the tournament so far.
West Ham bought Payet, who was TEAMtalk’s signing of the season, from Marseille last summer for £10.75million on a five year deal, but that contract was enhanced in February 2016 after Payet agreed a new £125,000-a-week deal to keep him at West Ham until 2021.
Agent Mark McKay, who worked on behalf of West Ham with Payet’s agent Jacques-Olivier Auguste to bring the player to London, told the Daily Mail: “You have to say that the signing of Dimitri Payet was terrific business by David Sullivan. West Ham have made him feel like a King and he has revelled in the responsibility.
“They recognised the talent he had at Marseille and the club and supporters have shown him the love he craved.
“You wonder if they need a bigger name going into the Olympic Stadium. He’s emerging as the star of Euro 2016 and West Ham have got the player all of Europe wants.
“The signing of Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia is another astute piece of business so you know the club is doing things the right way. If they can keep Payet why would they need another big name?”