West Ham bombshell: Star man can quit for bargain fee - Times
By Harry Sykes
Dimitri Payet can quit West Ham for a bargain fee if the club are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, according to a report.
The Times claim the France international is able to leave the London Stadium for just £15million if they suffer the hammer blow of demotion to the second tier.
It is said that playmaker Payet is one of a number of players in Slaven Bilic’s squad to have relegation clause inserted in their contracts.
The Times claim that Payet’s £125,000-a-week contract, signed in February of year that instantly made him the best renumerated player in the club’s history, does not contain a buyout clause.
But potential buyers can snap him up for a bargain fee if West Ham suffer the doomsday scenario of relegation from the top flight.
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Slaven Bilic’s team are 17th in the Premier League heading into their trip to third-placed Liverpool on Sunday, but there is only one point separating them from the relegation zone and they could be in the bottom three by the time they kick off at Anfield.
Payet joined the Hammers for £11million from Marseille in the summer of 2015 and had a sensational debut season that ended with him coming second in the voting for the PFA player of the season behind only Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
Payet has not been able to live up to those lofty heights in his second campaign in east London, but his 12 Premier League matches have still yielded six assists in addition to a wonder goal against Middlesbrough.
In other West Ham news, managing director Karren Brady has aimed a dig at three senior Hammers players.