By Will Butcher
Danny Mills has revealed how he would cope with West Ham’s wantaway playmaker Dimitri Payet this month.
Sky Sports claimed on their website that Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud was set to enter talks with senior Hammers officials to strike a deal for the 29-year-old, believed to be worth £30million.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday, former England international Danny Mills believes Slaven Bilic’s side should only allow him to leave if such an offer is tabled.
“It would be nice to think West Ham stay strong over Payet,” Mills said. “They should say if we receive a bid of £30million for you, then you can go.
“But if we don’t receive £30million, then you’re going nowhere. That leaves the player with a decision to make. But he has brought this on himself.”
West Ham’s number 27 has failed to replicate last season’s form that saw him score 15 goals and provide 17 assists in his 44 league and cup encounters.
Scoring just three goals in 22 games, Payet’s drop in form has coincided with the Hammers disappointing Premier League campaign as they sit in 12th place.
But the France international and Euro 2016 runner-up is now expected to leave after telling manager Bilic that he did not want to play in claret and blue again.
After learning of the news that Payet wants to leave, fans will have been buoyed by their side’s performance on Saturday as the Hammers beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at the London Stadium.
Sofiane Feghouli broke the deadlock in the second half, before Andy Carroll scored a goal of the season contender with a superb bicycle kick. Manuel Lanzini rounded the rout off with a deft chip.
In other West Ham transfer news, this wantaway Premier League star should be signed to replace Payet.