They've got Paye- oh he's gone.
Having initially been caught in a dogfight towards the bottom of the table, West Ham have steadied their season, currently sitting 10th. That's mainly thanks to Andy Carroll. The England striker has been knocking them in for fun recently. However, having Dmitri Payet whipping balls in to him would've been a great help.
That's not going to happen anymore though after Payet's move to Marseille was confirmed yesterday.
Now, West Ham themselves have responded, trying to appease fans that put their faith in Payet. Vice-chairperson Karren Brady responded to a query on Twitter this morning.
Morning, bring back your Payet shirt to any of the club shops & you will get a new replacement for £25, full details on WHU web site today. https://t.co/i9BPrS6YG1
— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) January 30, 2017
A solid saving of £11.66 for disgruntled West Ham fans on a jersey which will be changed in May. Bargain!
This followed a strong statement released by co-chairman David Sullivan on the official Hammers website. The Welshman certainly didn't mince his words.
The Club would like to place on record its sincere disappointment that Dimitri Payet did not show the same commitment and respect to West Ham United that the Club and fans showed him, particularly when it rewarded him with a lucrative new five-and-half-year deal only last year.
I would like to make it clear that we have no financial need to sell our best players and that the decision to allow Payet to leave was in accordance with the wishes of the manager and the interests of squad unity. To be frank, my Board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club.
Oof. That's a far cry from a couple of months ago.
"Come on, Arsene, you know Payet is better than Ozil..." 😜 pic.twitter.com/d2s9S4n9mi
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 10, 2016
Losing Payet will be slightly cushioned with the news that Scott Hogan's transfer to east London is likely to go through by the end of the week. We thank our SOURCES (aka Sky Sports News's garish yellow ticker) for that.