By Will Butcher
Paul Ince has lambasted West Ham attacker Dimitri Payet but said the best solution is to sell the player and move on.
The 29-year-old is expected to leave this month after telling manager Slaven Bilic that he is not prepared to pull on the claret and blue shirt of West Ham again, in an attempt to force a move.
Writing in his Paddy Power column, ex-England international Ince hopes Payet will leave the Hammers this month as his attitude will only prove detrimental to the rest of the squad.
“Payet has disrespected the manager, his team-mates, the club and the fans,” Ince said. “The longer he sits in the stands the club are paying his wages and his transfer value is decreasing.
“As a manager when you have one of your best players threatening to leave it puts you in a terrible position. You want to keep him, but at the same time where is the benefit of putting him in with the Under-23s and letting him rot?
“In reality he has to go. That’s the best solution for West Ham.”
Last season’s Hammers Player of the Year was left out of Bilic’s 18-man squad to play against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as the east London side triumphed 3-0.
Football Insider verdict:
The huge victory at the London Stadium against Sam Allardyce’s Palace proved that the Hammers can get by without their France international. With an asking price of a reported £30million, allowing Payet to leave before the end of the transfer window will free up some cash for Bilic to re-enter the transfer window and add to his squad as he looks to mastermind the Hammers’ continued resurgence up the Premier League table. Payet’s attitude, which has seen him removed from the Hammers’ Whatsapp group, should see him offloaded as soon as possible before the east London side’s number 27 begins to damage morale at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Premier League ace has been pencilled in to undergo a medical on Friday.