West Ham sign Portugal defender Fonte from Southampton

Southampton star Jose Fonte

However, even as Payet is unsettled and on the exit trail at West Ham, Arsene Wenger has said that club are not interested in acquiring his services as there was no need for him at Arsenal.

And it would seem they've made their feelings clear to Payet, too, after an informed club insider revealed details of the players' Whatsapp group.

West Ham are rumoured to be resigned to losing their best player and have slapped a £30 million price tag on his head.

Southampton defender Jose Fonte is to undergo a medical at West Ham United on Friday, sources close to the Hammers have told ESPN FC.

The news of the former Sheffield Wednesday man's new contract will come as a relief to Hammers fans, who are still digesting the news that talismanic playmaker Dimitri Payet wants to leave the club this month. All I'm saying is we were very firm, we know the market, we know how good or great he is as a player.

Dimitri Payet West Ham
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The former Newcastle midfielder continued to set the standards and lead by example in the Premier League and played a key role in and consolidating the club in the English top division.

Slaven Bilic cut a forlorn figure during his press conference last Thursday, where he made the somewhat surprising announcement that scallywag of the month, Dimitri Payet, is no longer prepared to play for West Ham.

Bilic, who is feeling "let down and angry" at Payet's antics, has been accused in some quarters of having a short memory having himself secured a big-money move from West Ham to Everton in 1997. The 2016 European Championships finallist with France who had a superb last season with West Ham is reportedly getting offers from French side Marseille.

"Then I went to the dictionary basically to find out what that is".

Bilic said: "Dimi took his stance clearly". He has improved and is a real player for the future.