By Tony Hughes
Paris Saint-Germain have a 40 per cent chance of signing Dimitri Payet at the end of the season, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim that the transfer could happen despite Payet signing a contract extension with West Ham earlier in the year, which would keep him in east London until 2021.
They say the deal could be pushed through as PSG want to sign more French players and the club has already been linked to Payet last summer.
“He’ll turn 30 in March, so this is West Ham’s last chance to get a massive return,” ESPN FC say.
Payet, 29, has not quite been able to reach the heights of his stunning debut campaign for West Ham but has still scored two goals and supplied five assists from his 11 matches, including a wonder goal against Middlesbrough in the Premier League last month.
West Ham fans are steeling themselves to the possibility of losing their star player after Payet refused to rule out a move as early as January after being underwhelmed by the team’s start to the season.
“We’ve had a very poor start,” said Payet, speaking on French television show Telefoot. “Leave in January? I’m asking other questions right now but I’ve closed the door to nothing.
“Go to PSG or Marseille? For now, they have not come to me, so I do not ask myself.”
West Ham drew 1-1 against Stoke on Saturday and go into the international break just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
Their next five fixtures include Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United twice — once in the Premier League and once in the EFL Cup quarter-final.
In other West Ham transfer news, club chiefs are ready to sell Diafra Sakho in the January transfer window.