You’d be hard-pressed to find a club that had a more dramatic transfer window than the one West Ham had.
Whilst it was a pretty quiet January on the whole, the men from east London had plenty to contend with as they battled to bring in players to boost their season as well as fighting with Dimitri Payet.
It became apparent mid-way through the month that the Frenchman wanted to leave the club but it seemed that the Hammers were going to keep him at the club to make an example of him.
Indeed, they were appearing true to that, too, right up until the very end of the month when they eventually let the creative star move to Marseille and Ligue 1.
And, whilst it was good to see a club try to re-establish their power over a player, it was ultimately a costly call.
Once it became clear that Payet was not going to play for the club ever again the Hammers should have got shot of him to the highest bidder.
Instead, though, they held firm in their stance until the end of the window when it was then decided, as many would have thought from the off anyway, that keeping him at the club might not be great for squad morale.
The Hammers then had to sell up and, effectively, Marseille just had to make a good enough offer to bring him in – the Irons would have taken far less than mid-way through the month.
And herein lies where the Hammers made their mistake.
Yes, they wanted to make an example of Payet and fair-play to them but they always knew that he would go with his value only going to go down.
At the very hint of him wanting a move was the time to sell up because that’s when his value was highest but instead, at the expense of wanting to take a stand, the Hammers have lost out on a fair amount of money.
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