West Ham close to agreeing Payet extension

West Ham United have moved quickly to assure the club’s supporters that contract talks with star midfielder Dimitri Payet are progressing according to plan.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic revealed in his press conference on Tuesday that talks were under way, while also suggesting that a agreement could be reached in the near future.

Bilic’s revelation came in the wake of reports in the English press that suggested Payet and his agent had demanded a massive pay increase.

However, the club have moved quickly to quash such suggestions, insisting that contract talks between the two parties are progressing well.

In a statement published on their official website, West Ham said: “Following reports in today’s media, West Ham United would like to clarify that at no time have Dimitri Payet or his agent made any demands to the Club over a new contract.

“However, the Club can confirm that due to Dimitri’s outstanding impact since his arrival at the Boleyn Ground, they have initiated amicable and productive talks about an improvement and extension to his contract. Those talks are progressing well and it is hoped they can be concluded shortly.

“Dimitri would like to make clear that he is very proud to play for West Ham United and he appreciates the support he has received from the Board, manager and fans since he joined the Club in the summer.”

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