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Carroll back on the treatment table at West Ham

Injury-jinxed West Ham striker Andy Carroll is back on the treatment table and will miss Sunday's FA Cup clash at Blackburn.

Carroll has picked up another knock. Credit: PA

The 27-year-old forward had just returned from a month out with a hamstring problem when he suffered an adductor injury after coming on as a substitute during last weekend's 2-2 draw at Norwich.

Carroll has been beset by injury problems since joining the Hammers and has started just 31 Premier League games in two-and-a-half years.

But co-chairman David Gold hopes the latest setback will not mean another lengthy lay-off for their £15million club-record signing.

Gold wrote on Twitter: "Andy has a slight injury and will be rested for the game against Blackburn."


Payet in talks over new deal amid Arsenal interest

West Ham have entered contact negotiations with France international Dimitri Payet amid speculation the player was demanding a huge pay increase.

Payet, who signed from Marseille for an eight-figure sum, has scored six league goals in 18 appearances and has also laid on four assists to help West Ham to sixth place in the table.

Payet has been West Ham's standout performer this season. Credit: PA

Speculation over the past few days had claimed Payet had made demands for a bumper new deal - something the club refuted before revealing in the same statement that they were now in discussions about a fresh contract for the player.

"Following reports in today's media, West Ham United would like to clarify that at no time have Dimitri Payet or his agent made any demands to the club over a new contract," the statement released by the club read.

"However, the club can confirm that due to Dimitri's outstanding impact since his arrival at the Boleyn Ground, they have initiated amicable and productive talks about an improvement and extension to his contract. Those talks are progressing well and it is hoped they can be concluded shortly.

"Dimitri would like to make clear that he is very proud to play for West Ham United and he appreciates the support he has received from the board, manager and fans since he joined the club in the summer."

Payet's consistently impressive displays had already seen him linked with a host of other clubs, with Arsenal the latest side reportedly preparing a bid.


West Ham boss says Carroll is going nowhere

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists Andy Carroll will not be sold this month.

Sunderland, and Carroll's former club Newcastle, have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old striker, amid reports the Hammers were considering cashing in on a player with a bad injury record.

West Ham are keeping Andy Carroll. Credit: PA

But Bilic has no intention of getting rid of Carroll, who has looked back to his best recently and scored two goals in his last two matches.

"The club are not willing to listen to offers," Bilic said. "We want Andy to stay and perform like he does in most games.

"Nobody at the club wants to sell him, he's a very good player. But whenever he scores a couple of goals the rumours start.

"The only way he can stop the rumours is to play badly, which we don't want him to do.

"We don't want to sell him. He's very good in the dressing room and I know he's happy here."

West Ham star could return against Liverpool

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to throw Dimitri Payet straight in against Liverpool despite the midfielder being a month ahead of schedule in his fitness battle.

French playmaker Payet, one of the stars of West Ham's impressive start to the season, was expected to be sidelined until February with the ankle injury he suffered against Everton in November.

Payet is back quicker than expected. Credit: PA

But the 28-year-old has made such a rapid recovery that he could be pitched in from the start when Liverpool visit Upton Park on Saturday.

Bilic said: "Is he in contention to start? Yes.

"He is back, he's been training with us for a couple of days and depending on how he does today I'm expecting him to be in the squad and available for the game.

"We will see how much he is going to participate in the game, but he is back and it's a great boost for us."

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