By Amir Mir
Dimitri Payet wanted a move to either Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain over the summer transfer window – and was shot down by West Ham chiefs.
Squawka report that the 29-year-old playmaker asked West Ham to listen to offers for his services from Champions League clubs after guiding France to the final of Euro 2016.
It is said La Liga giants Real and Ligue 1 big boys PSG explored the possibility of landing Payet, who signed a reported £125,000-a-week contract in February keeping him at the east London club until 2021.
West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were adamant that Payet would not be sold in the summer ahead of the club’s move to the London Stadium.
Squawka state the Hammers are determined to keep Payet despite fears he may become disillusioned if Slaven Bilic’s side continue their poor start to the season.
Payet scored three goals and provided two assists in the lead up to the final, as France were beaten 1-0 in extra-time by surprise winners Portugal in Paris. The Frenchman has assisted four goals in three appearances for West Ham this term.
As a result Real coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on the France international, who scored 15 goals and provided 17 assists in 44 games for the Hammers last term.
Payet helped Slaven Bilic’s side finish in seventh place and earn a Europa League spot which saw him being named the club’s player of the year, after his 2015 summer move from Marseille.
Madrid are banned from signing players for the next two seasons by FIFA for breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18, while it is said to be unknown whether PSG will ignite their interest in Payet.
The Hammers are in the relegation zone after five games with three points having lost four out of their five opening games.
In other West Ham transfer news, Slaven Bilic has confirmed the club have opened talks with this £18 million rated defender.