The former Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Payet’s services but the Hammers are hoping to hold off United’s approaches by offering the Frenchman a £125,000-a-week contract.
Payet only signed a new deal nine months ago but with the club struggling for form this season fears have set in that the French maestro is already looking for a way out.
Indeed, the 29-year-old recently remarked that he's "closed the door to nothing" when asked about a possible January transfer.
In an interview with French television show Telefoot, he said: “We’ve had a very poor start. Leave in January? I’m asking other questions right now but I’ve closed the door to nothing.”
He continued: “Until now, I always chose my clubs depending on the sports project. I work like that. Until I can play at a level like this, it will be the case.
“Go to PSG or Marseille? For now, they have not come to me, so I do not ask myself.”
United are also bracing themselves for a wave of enquiries as the January transfer window nears.
A number of United’s players are struggling to nail down regular first-team football under manager Jose Mourinho which has subsequently caught the attention of clubs both inside the Premier League and out of it.
Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Sam Johnstone are all expected to be the subject of interest, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Depay and Schneiderlin have both been linked with moves to Everton while Darmian could make a return to Italy. Johnstone is wanted by a host of Championship clubs.
However, it’s understood United are only actively looking to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger who has been linked with MLS side Chicago Fire in recent weeks.Reuse content