After a disappointing start to the season has left the Hammers stranded in 16th place and just one point clear of the relegation zone with 11 games played, star man Dimitri Payet has hinted that he could leave the club as he told French outlet Telefoot:
“We’ve had a very poor start. Leave in January? I’m asking other questions right now but I’ve closed the door to nothing… Until now, I always chose my clubs depending on the sports project. I work like that. Until I can play at a level like this, it will be the case. Go to PSG or Marseille? For now, they have not come to me, so I do not ask myself.”
As the club’s talisman and most important player, with five assists and two goals in all competitions so far this campaign, it would be a massive blow to lose the 29-year-old playmaker. Having put pen to paper on a five year deal in February, the club would not let him leave cheaply if at all, but if Payet did force a move then an exit may not be off the cards.
One man who seems likely to be joining the Irons in January, rather than leaving, is Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic as Slaven Bilic sees the 32-year-old as the ideal solution to the lack of convincing options at right back as the boss is not impressed by neither Sam Byram nor Alvaro Arbeloa.
Ivanovic’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire in the summer, but Bilic wants to sign him for a minimal fee in January according to the Express and the path is open for the move with the Serbian desperate to remain in London where his family have settled and with Crystal Palace having pulled out of the race to sign him, leaving a move to the London Stadium the only way to stay in the capital despite offers from Inter Milan and China.
At the other end of his career, Reece Oxford could be set to leave the club as German big spenders, and now high flyers, RB Leipzig prepare to test West Ham’s resolve, claim the Mirror. They reportedly had a £15 million bid in the summer rejected, but have since climbed to second in the Bundesliga without defeat and Oxford has seen contract talks stall and promises about first team football fail to materialise as he has only even made the bench in one of the last five fixtures.
West Ham are reluctant to sell but with his contract expiring in 2019 and interest from Leipzig and both Manchester clubs, it seems that any asking price would easily be met for one of the country’s brightest young talents.
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