Manchester United dealt a huge blow in their quest to land Dimitri Payet

After impressing in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, the speculations linking West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet to a move to Old Trafford has intensified. The 29 year old is one of the best players in the country and was sensational in his first season in England, registering 9 goals and 12 assists in 30 matches for Slaven Bilic’s men as they finished a respectable 7th.

The Mirror reported earlier in the week that United would make a move for the player in January, but news from The Sun yesterday might throw a spanner into the works of the Red Devils after reporting that the player is set for a renewal of his contract which he only just signed in February. Payet signed a £125,000 deal with the East London outfit till 2021 .

The Hammers’ no 27 was majestic throughout last season and continued his rich vein of form at the summer’s European Championships in his native France as they finished second behind Portugal, with Payet exceptional throughout their impressive run.

After arriving late for pre-season due to his exertions with France, he has continued where he left off last season, and has created the most chances by any Premier League footballer this season. His wonderful solo goal against Misdlesbrough earlier this season is already a Goal of The Season contender, and this new deal is reported to be worth in the region of £150,000 a week should be enough to make him shun the advances of the 20-time English giants.

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is reportedly a big fan of the former Marseille manman who is now valued at £35m. The Portuguese tactician believes his team is lacking creativity on the wings and is ready to thrust Payet into the limelight of a bigger club.

Payet has not expressly stated his desire of staying with West Ham, but the new deal in the offing could be a motivating factor for him to stay and improve his club’s current status, as they are currently 16th on the Premier League, just a point above the relegation places.