West Ham boss ‘can’t see any truth’ in Payet link with Man Utd

Date published: Friday 16th December 2016 3:41

Slaven Bilic expects Dimitri Payet to stay at West Ham in January despite the French star being linked with Man Utd.

Reports in France this week claimed Hammers star Payet could be on his way to Old Trafford, with fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial heading in the opposite direction.

But West Ham boss Bilic said: “I can’t see any truth in that.

“Regarding Payet, not regarding Martial. He is a good player, a great player. But I don’t see this happening.

“Do I expect Payet to stay? Of course. Great players are always the centre of interest. Payet is one of the best in the world and they are always the ones who are linked with the big clubs.

“But I hope, and I expect, he will stay with us.”

While speculation about Payet’s future is likely to be a continuing theme of next month’s transfer window, West Ham have tied down another talent in the shape of Reece Oxford.

The highly-rated defender was a target for Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United but marked his 18th birthday by signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract at the London Stadium.

“It is great news for us,” said Bilic. “It is great news to sign one of the best talents, for him to stay with us for the long term, and it is a great thing for him as well.

“This is the best club for him to continue his development.

“The board have done a great job because it wasn’t easy to keep him. Those offers and interest from other clubs were not just rumours, they were real. We are delighted he is staying with us.

“Was he tempted by those offers? Probably, who wouldn’t be tempted when you are so young and you are bombarded with offers? But he has done the right thing.

“He knows that we like young players and he has already got his chance, and he knows that if he performs and proves himself in training and in games that he will get a chance here.

“He can be great. He has everything, composure, skill, steel in himself and technique. He has got great physical attributes. On paper, he is a great talent.”

Oxford will miss Saturday’s visit of Hull with an ankle injury as West Ham look for back-to-back wins to climb further away from trouble following the midweek victory over Burnley.

“That would be brilliant of course,” said Bilic. “We spoke about this couple of games in the period when we played against Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. It was an extremely difficult schedule.

“That period came and we started with three points and we have a really good chance (on Saturday). Nothing can give you confidence better than victories.”

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