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Bilic wishes Payet well after West Ham exit

Dimitri Payet's behaviour alienated West Ham fans. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists Dimitri Payet does not owe West Ham fans an apology.

Payet is public enemy number one with the Hammers faithful after refusing to play for the club as he engineered his move back to Marseille.

The France international finally completed the protracted and controversial £25million transfer on Sunday evening.

"Does he owe an apology? No. I wouldn't say that," said the West Ham boss.

"Players are always moving and I'm not going that deep into what he should say or shouldn't. He is gone, he went home, that was his wish and I will not forget how good he was for us.

"He was brilliant. I was so happy and proud, with my team, my staff, to help him achieve what he did. What he achieved with us was a great story for West Ham, for the Premier League and for France.

"I ain't going to forget it just because he moved. I really wish him well."

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West Ham turn down second Marseille Payet bid

Payet wants to leave West Ham. Credit: PA

West Ham have rejected a second bid from Marseille for wantaway playmaker Dimitri Payet, according to reports.

The Hammers have said they will not sell France international Payet despite the fact manager Slaven Bilic revealed last week he is refusing to play.

Both co-chairman David Gold and David Sullivan have stressed they have no interest in allowing the 29-year-old to leave and have now turned down another offer from Payet's former club Marseille.

"With a number of top Premier League players holding clubs to ransom is it time to close the January transfer window? dg," Gold wrote on Twitter.

West Ham successful with Sofiane Feghouli appeal

Sofiane Feghouli was incorrectly dismissed against Man United. Credit: PA

Sofiane Feghouli is set to have his red card rescinded after West Ham appealed against his sending off against Manchester United.

Karren Brady tweeted on Wednesday that the appeal had been successful, after the midfielder was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean following a collision with Phil Jones in the first half.

She said: "I have just received a call to confirm Sofiane will not be required to serve a 3 match suspension and is eligible to play Friday."

Feghouli, who was making his first start of the season in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, would therefore be available to face Manchester City in the FA Cup.

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'We tried everything' to win, insists Liverpool boss Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes his side gave everything against West Ham Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp refused to lay the blame for West Ham's first goal squarely at Loris Karius' feet after the keeper had got a hand to Payet's effort but failed to keep it out.

Having initially taken the lead early on, Liverpool went in at half-time a goal down to West Ham at Anfield on Sunday before Divock Origi's second-half equaliser meant a point apiece in the eventual 2-2 draw.

And the German manager felt bad luck had prevented his side from winning rather than any lack of endeavour.

We tried everything. The (West Ham) goals - one is a wonderful free-kick and one we were very unlucky - they were a big surprise for everybody.

We should have had more, we tried everything.

It's a draw, we have to take it; it felt like we were the whole time in their box.

We haven't made the right decisions, you need a little bit of luck. A draw doesn't feel too good but it doesn't feel too bad either.

We are still a really good football-playing side.

– Jurgen Klopp

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West Ham interested in Sturridge, reveals Bilic

Sturridge has started just four Premier League matches for Liverpool this season. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic admits that West Ham would be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge in January as speculation surrounding the out-of-favour Liverpool striker's future intensifies.

Sturridge has failed to establish himself under Jurgen Klopp this season, starting just four Premier League matches, and is behind both Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the pecking order at Anfield.

He's one of the biggest talents, he's a great player. The talent is there, the touch, the finishing, everything is great.

The only thing that has stopped him being a regular for club and country are the injuries.

He's just a player that has been linked with us, basically, and we've been linked with almost every player.

We're always there in contention. Most of the time it's absolutely not true, 95% of the time.

But you're asking me about Sturridge and I have no problem about that.

All the clubs are thinking about him because he is that kind of player.

I don't know his work rate, I don't know his dedication to his job or whatever but unfortunately for England and for Liverpool and especially for him he's injured. That's his problem.

– Bilic press conference
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