Date: 31st July 2016 at 4:25pm
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By Dominic Toner

Tony Cottee believes that West Ham are now capable of holding on to their star players.

Talisman Dimitri Payet told The Sun that he will 100% be statying at the club for the new season despite speculation that he could be leaving.

“With all the money that is in football now, West Ham can pay top wages and the players can play in a marvellous arena,” former West Ham striker Cottee told the Mirror. “Why would the likes of Dimitri Payet want to leave?

“The squad is strong and were close to qualifying for the Champions League last season. There is no reason to leave an environment like this. West Ham don’t have to sell any more – and that is why I can see someone like Mark Noble staying here for the rest of his career.”

West Ham secured a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League season and a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

Manager Slaven Bilic will be aiming to improve this season as the Hammers enter their first year of football at the Olympic Stadium.

West Ham announced on Sunday that international goalkeeper Darren Randolph had agreed a new four-year deal at the club.

Midfielder Dimitri Payet was a key figure for West Ham last season and was a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year.

He joined West Ham from Marseille last summer for around £12.5million and was integral to the Hammers sensational season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.

The 29-year-old starred for France at Euro 2016 with brilliant late goals in both of his national side’s opening victories and finished as a runner up in the tournament, after an extra-time 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final.

In other West Ham team news, supporters have expressed their delight on Twitter over Randolph agreeing a new contract.