David Gold has claimed that West Ham were sold short by Dimitri Payet despite making a £15m profit on the Frenchman.
Marseille paid £25m for the 29-year-old last month less than two years after selling him to the Hammers for £10m.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Gold claimed that the true value of the player was around £35m but with Payet insisting that he would only move to Marseille there was little scope for West Ham to negotiate.
The on/off saga over Payet dominated everything around West Ham during January, overshadowing the way Slaven Bilic’s side have worked their way clear of the relegation zone.
The antics of Payet, his agents and Marseille left a bitter taste in the mouth for Gold who insists that the club will be loathe to deal with foreign based players in future- highlighting his pleasure in securing Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte from Hull and Southampton.