By Tom Blackburn

West Ham owner David Gold has reassured fans that Dimitri Payet is staying at the club, despite failing to appear in recent games.

The social media-friendly owner posted on Twitter says there is “nothing happening” with Payet and that he will return for the Watford game.

Payet featured in the Hammers’ Premier League opener against Chelsea despite not being fully fit and that has reportedly hampered his return, and he has missed the subsequent games.

West Ham fans will be happy when the transfer deadline shuts and Payet is still a Hammer as the attacking midfielder is one of the most prized men in Europe after a sublime 2015-16 season and Euro 2016.

Payet was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.

He only joined the club from Marseille last summer for around £12.5million and was integral to the Hammers’ sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.

The 29-year-old then starred for France at Euro 2016 with brilliant late goals in both of his national side’s opening victories and finished as a runner up in the tournament, after an extra-time 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.

In other West Ham transfer news, their emerging star wants a transfer so he can join his best mate.