Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out making a move for West Ham United’s want-away winger Dimitri Payet and has warned Gunners’ fans to expect a “quiet” month in the transfer market.
The Frenchman, Payet, has refused to play for the Hammers and has demanded a move away from the club. He is looking to force a move back to Marseille, complaining that his family have struggled to adapt to life in England.
Payet had joined West Ham in 2015 on a five-year contract. The transfer fee paid to Marseille was reported to be £10.7 million. He was an immediate hit with the fans and even had a song about him. He also won the West Ham United Player of the Year award back in May 2016. Due to his efforts in the previous season, he was given an extension to his contract in February. Post his exceptional performance in Euro 2016, he quashed rumours of a move away. He told fans he was happy at West Ham even if it was not the biggest club.
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But Payet shocked management and fans alike in the new year. He told manager Slaven Bilic he didn’t want to play for West Ham anymore and wanted a move away. Several clubs have been linked with his name since.
Arsene Wenger clearly prefers his countrymen at Arsenal, but he has now ruled out a move for the 29-year old. The Arsenal manager insisted he already had a strong squad.
“I rate Payet but I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players,” Wenger was quoted by the Telegraph.
“We have many players who can play in this position.
“I expect [this month] to be a very quiet period. We are very strong. We have many, many players who can come in,” he said.
Arsenal have made just one signing this month so far, bringing in young full-back Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town in a £40,000 deal.