West Ham boss claims summer signing as good as Di Canio

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will turn down all offers for star midfielder Dimitri Payet, who he considers to be the best Hammers player since Paolo di Canio.

Payet was signed from Marseille for just £10.75m during the summer, and it hasn’t taken long for the France international to make his mark at the Boleyn Ground with some impressive displays.

The 28-year-old has already a cult hero, and Bilic believes he has made such an impact that he can be compared to Irons great Di Canio.

Bilic said, as quoted by the Mirror: “There have been a few big players. I think the last player to make such a big, big impact in no time was Paolo Di Canio.

“I know what Dimitri’s done from his time at Marseille. He was doing the things he’s doing for us last year, and the year before – that’s why we got him.”

His performances have not gone unnoticed by Europe’s elite, with Turkish giants Galatasaray making a bold enquiry in regards to his services.

However, Bilic has warned that he will not consider any bids as he aims to take West Ham into European football ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.

He added: “From my point of view, there’s not enough money in the world for him.

“I know what’s been normal in previous seasons, not only with West Ham but many other clubs.

“We were like a selling club, but we’re moving stadiums, we are talking and acting like we’re going to try – not overnight – but try to raise the club up.

“For me, the most important thing regarding that is not to sell your best players.

“On Dimitri Payet, we should say, ‘No way’.

“He is our player, we want him to stay and he’s staying.”

Payet has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring six goals and providing five assists.

Article title: West Ham boss claims summer signing as good as Di Canio

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