By Amir Mir
Mark Noble has stated that in football “money talks”, but insisted he would not be surprised if Dimitri Payet was still at West Ham by the end of January.
Captain Noble, who is one of the senior figures within the dressing room, provided an honest verdict on the future of the Hammers ace.
Slaven Bilic’s side have had a poor start to the 2016/17 Premier League campaign as they find themselves one point and one place above the relegation zone.
Payet, who has been one of their stand-out performers this season, has not ruled out a January exit next month.
This had led to speculation about his future at the Olympic Stadium, but midfielder Noble was full of praise for the 29-year-old.
“In football, you never know what’s going to happen,” Noble told Sky Sports. “I don’t care what anyone says, in football money does talk, whether that’s for the club, in transfer fees, or incredible wages in this day and age.
“But I wouldn’t be surprised if Dimi is here by the end of January. You need special players to do special things at moments and he’s done that on untold times last season.”
Payet moved to east London in June 2015 from Ligue 1 giants Marseille for a fee of £10.75 million and he has gone on to become one of their key players.
During his time with the Londoners he has scored 18 goals in 60 appearances and provided 24 assists along the way in all competitions.
However, this season, Bilic’s side have won only won three out of their 15 league games, losing eight as they host Burnley on home soil on Wednesday night.
Despite the Irons poor form on the field, Payet has still managed to deliverer the goods, scoring two goals and supplying six assists in 13 league appearances.
A win against Sean Dyche’s side at the London Stadium will widen the gap between the bottom three, however, a loss could see them fall into the danger zone.