Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not be tempted to make a move for Dimitri Payet, who is determined to leave West Ham United.
The France international was one of the star players in the Premier League last season, and took his form to the European Championships with his country in the summer. But he has failed to find this peak during the first half of the current campaign, and it has since been revealed he wants to leave the Hammers this month.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has revealed that Payet, who only recently signed a new contract, has told the club he no longer wants to play for them. And although the 29-year-old would likely improve most teams, Wenger has dismissed suggestions that the Gunners might make a move to lure him across the capital.
“I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players,” he said. “I rate Payet as a player, of course, but it’s not an area where we are looking for some players. No. We have many players offensively who can play in this position. You are interested by the quality of the player, but we have no need in this domain.”
It is understood that Payet has set his heart on a return to Marseille, the club he left to join the Hammers for £10.75million back in the summer of 2015. But the Stade Velodrome outfit have already failed with two offers for the forward, who is rated in the region of at least £30million by his current employers.