According to reports from BBC Sport, West Ham United have opened contract talks with star midfielder Dimitri Payet.
The France international has proved a revelation since moving to Upton Park in a £10.75million deal last summer, going on to bag six goals and four assists in 18 Premier League appearances. He’s also averaged the second-most created chances per match, 3.7, of any player in the division this season behind Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
The Sun reported yesterday evening that the 28-year-old’s representatives are demanding an improved contract worth £125k per week due to his recent form, and also suggested admirers Arsenal and Chelsea could pounce if West Ham don’t deliver on a lucrative deal.
But according to BBC Sport, negotiations are now underway to issue the attacking midfielder a new contract. West Ham also denied that neither Payet or his agent have made any demands over improved terms in an official statement on their club website.
The statement read: “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.”