By Wayne Veysey

12th Jan, 2017 | 3:51pm

French journalist posts fresh perspective on Payet-West Ham controversy

By Harry Sykes

Dimitri Payet has gone on strike at West Ham because he and his family are “unhappy” in London, according to a French journalist.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic delivered the bombshell news on Thursday morning that the club’s star player had asked to leave the club this month.

The France international has told Bilic that he wants to quit and will never a kick a ball again for the club if he does not get the transfer he desires in the January window.

This has prompted a deluge of criticism from West Ham supporters, who are appalled that a player who signed a five-year contract last February that made him the highest paid player in the club’s history wants to quit 11 months later.

But French journalist, Julien Laurens, who works for BT Sport, gave a fresh perspective on the controversy as he have some insight into the position of the France international, 29.

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“Payet and his family are not happy in London and they want to go back to France,” said Laurens on his personal Twitter account. “West Ham might not want to sell but he won’t change his mind.”

Bilic made it clear that West Ham want Payet to see through the season with them, as they desperately fight to climb the table – amid reports they have agreed to sell him this summer – but he has refused.

Marseille have been credited with a strong interest in the attacking midfielder and have tabled a bid worth upwards of £20million to re-sign him this month.

In other West Ham transfer news, a right-back has agreed terms with the club.

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