West Ham United are reportedly ready to hand France international star Dimitri Payet a new contract in order to ward off his admirers, according to The Sun.
The Premier League side, who face Manchester United in the EFL Cup quarter-finals tonight at Old Trafford, are understood to be receiving interest from the Red Devils over their central midfielder ahead of the forthcoming January transfer window.
The 29-year-old, who has 32 international caps for his country and starred for France at this summer’s European Championships in his homeland, has scored two goals and provided six assists in 13 appearances in all competitions for Slaven Bilic’s men so far this season.
Payet, who joined the Hammers from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a reported £10.7m back in June 2015, is impressing manager Jose Mourinho at The Theatre of Dreams, although West Ham are eager to hold onto their key player.
The report suggests the Londoners are ready to make the Frenchman their highest paid player, offering him £125,000-a-week, despite Payet only signing a new deal nine months ago, which saw the midfielder bump up his pay packet to £50,000-a-week.