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Slaven Bilic Not Intrested In Swapping Dimitri Payet For Anthony Martial

Slaven Bilic fully expects Dimitri Payet to stay at West Ham and has dismissed speculation over a potential swap deal with Manchester United for Anthony Martial.

“I can’t see any truth in that. Regarding Payet, not regarding Martial. He is a good player, a great player. But I don’t see this happening,” Bilic said.

“Do I expect Payet to stay? Of course. Great players are always the centre of interest. Payet is one of the best in the world and they are always the ones who are linked with the big clubs.

“But I hope, and I expect, he will stay with us.”

While speculation about Payet’s future is likely to be a continuing theme of next month’s transfer window, West Ham have tied down another talent in the shape of Reece Oxford. The defender was a target for Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United but marked his 18th birthday by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract at the London Stadium.

“It is great news for us,” Bilic said. “It is great news to sign one of the best talents, for him to stay with us for the long term, and it is a great thing for him as well. This is the best club for him to continue his development.”

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