By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dimitri Payet has signed a West Ham contract that will make him the best-paid player in the club’s history.
The Hammers confirmed on Thursday night that, as revealed by Football Insider on Thursday morning, Payet has committed to a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The playmaker has been rewarded with a stunning £36million deal just eight months after he moved to Upton Park.
A source has told Football Insider that the deal makes Payet the best-paid player in West Ham’s history, usurping the contract Andy Carroll signed when he joined from Liverpool.
The deal that runs until 2021 comprises a £68,000-a-week basic wage, £25,000-a-week appearance fee, £1million signing-on fee, plus supplementary bonuses, taking the total to around £125,000. If all the triggers in the deal are hit, it is worth an astonishing £35.8million.
A club statement on the official website read: “West Ham United are delighted to announce that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
“The outstanding France playmaker, who has made a huge impact in claret and blue since arriving from Marseille last summer, has penned a deal until the summer of 2021…. and is delighted to have pledged his long-term future to the club.”
Speaking at his media briefing on Thursday morning, Bilic said: “We are very, very close to signing because both parties have the same intention and that’s to stay at West Ham,’ said Bilic.
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“We will do everything to make that happen. In one hand every player has a price but he is happy and we are more than happy and I hope, and think he will be with us for a long time.”
Bilic has made it clear how much he values Payet, who joined in a £10.5million deal from Marseille last summer.
“The most important move is to keep your best players and Dimitri Payet is our best player, I have no problem whatsoever saying that,” the manager said on Monday. “And of course I would love to have him happy, long term, at the club.”