By West Ham correspondent Tony Hughes
Dimitri Payet’s agent has claimed only West Ham chiefs know what it would take to prise the playmaker from the club this summer.
Payet has lit up Euro 2016 for France with brilliant late goals in both of their opening victories to help the hosts qualify for the quarter-finals.
The 29-year-old’s performances have been hailed in France and England, and have reportedly increased interest in him from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, who had already been alerted by Payet’s outstanding debut season in the Premier League.
Payet’s long-term adviser Jacques-Olivier Auguste has claimed it is unlikely his client will be on the move after he signed an improved £125,000-a-week deal in February.
“He has a great contract with West Ham so I cannot see him leaving. Dimitri is happy in London,” Auguste told the Guardian. “You never know in football but only West Ham know what price they want if they decide to sell him.”
Inter Milan became the latest club to express an interest in Payet on Wednesday after they were taken over by the Chinese conglomerate Suning Commerce Group.
“As a fan, I would love to see Payet in an Inter shirt,” said the honorary president Massimo Moratti. “However, the great champions are currently elusive, you have to be lucky enough to find the right opportunity. We are missing two to three players to be competitive. The important thing is to have solid players that ensure continuity.”
Payet is a late bloomer at international level but France manager Didier Deschamps showed his faith in the Hammers star by handing him the plum No10 role in a number of the team’s matches.
The West Ham star is expected to start Monday’s quarter-final against Iceland as France aim for the win that would take them to the last four of the competition.
In other West Ham news, the club are battling it out with Tottenham for a Barcelona attacker.