West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet has no plans to join Manchester United in the January transfer window, according to captain Mark Noble. The France international has been linked with a New Year switch to Old Trafford amid The Hammers' troubling start to the campaign which sees them one point above the relegation zone after 15 matches.
French publication Le 10 Sport have reported that Jose Mourinho had met with the 29-year-old to discuss a move to the club next month and has outlined how he proposes to use him in his team. Payet has failed to replicate his form from his maiden campaign in the Premier League this term, scoring just three goals in 16 appearances in all competitions including in the recent 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
Reports regarding Payet's future have been followed by suggestions from The Times that the former Marseille midfielder will be available to leave West Ham for just £15m at the end of the season if Slaven Bilic's side are relegated to the Championship. Noble has had enough of the speculation regarding his side's prized asset and insists rumours regarding United are totally untrue.
"I could go on to social media and make something up now and all of a sudden it would be on Sky Sports News and someone would be believe it," Noble told Talksport. "That's the way football is now. But Dimi is fully committed; I can tell you that now. He is great with the lads and I have got a very close bond with Dimi. I see him train every day, I see how he feels when we lose games."
United boss Mourinho has bemoaned the lack of creativity in his team which is the lowest scoring in the top seven teams. Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the Portuguese boss should cut his losses and sign Payet next month – despite his cut-price release clause which could become active in the summer.
"[Payet's] a Manchester United-type player for sure," he told Sky Sports, according to The Sun. "I think Mourinho has to change his way a little bit to please the fans, the club and traditions of the club. I think he is showing signs of that, the players that he is signing; they are of a different calibre.
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is someone he probably wouldn't have signed had he been at Chelsea, but he's United's kind of player, the kind the supporters like to see. He's rewarding us with great skills and great goals – I think he has scored seven goals so far. But Payet? Definitely, if he can find the form he showed during the Euros."