West Ham United captain Mark Noble has admitted that the club must do everything they can to keep Dimitri Payet beyond the January transfer window.
The France international has played a key role at the club since he joined from Marseille for £10.75 million back in June 2015.
He has scored 15 goals in 54 appearances and signed a new five-and-a-half year deal in February but the midfielder has admitted he could be open to leaving the Hammers.
The club’s co-chairman David Sullivan insists he has no intention of selling the 29-year-old and Noble admits it is vital that he stays as West Ham try to climb the Premier League table.
He told Sky Sports: “In football, you never know what’s going to happen.
I don’t care what anyone says, in football money does talk, whether that’s for the club, in transfer fees, or incredible wages in this day and age.
“But I wouldn’t be surprised if Dimi is here by the end of January. You need special players to do special things at moments and he’s done that on untold times last season.
“Even against Middlesbrough this year with the solo goal he scored and the free-kick the other night (v Liverpool), he’s a massive player for us and we must do everything to keep him at the football club.”
Payet is expected to start Wednesday’s clash with Burnley at the London Stadium as Slaven Bilic’s men try to win their first match since the end of October.
Bilic’s side are 1.67 favourites, with the draw 3.80, while Sean Dyche’s team can be backed at odds of 6.00.