By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes
Dimitri Payet’s agent has claimed it would take “ridiculous money” to prise the playmaker from West Ham this summer.
Payet has lit up Euro 2016 for France with brilliant late goals in both of their opening Group A victories to help the hosts qualify for the knockout stages with a game to spare.
The 29-year-old’s performances have been hailed in France and England, and have reportedly increased interest in him from Real Madrid, who had already been alerted by Payet’s outstanding season in the Premier League.
Mark McKay brokered Payet’s move from Marseille to West Ham last summer and revealed that his client was happy in east London but there was a possibility he could still leave.
“As far as I am concerned, he’s been happy at West Ham and it’s down to West Ham that he’s in the position that he is in,” said McKay, as quoted in the Telegraph.
“He’s doing great now for France and to get him now, you’ve got to be talking ridiculous money. But football is football, so you never know.”
Payet signed a £120,000-a-week, five-year contract earlier this year that instantly made him the best-paid player in West Ham’s history.
He is a late bloomer at international level but France manager Didier Deschamps showed his faith in the Hammers star by handing him the No10 role against Albania and demoting star duo Griezmann and Paul Pogba to the substitute’s bench.
In other West Ham news, the club are battling it out with Tottenham for a Barcelona attacker.