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Andy Carroll says Dimitri Payet situation will not derail West Ham

Andy Carroll
Image: Andy Carroll (left) insists the spirit within the West Ham dressing room will not be disrupted

Andy Carroll insists the ongoing situation with wantaway midfielder Dimitri Payet will not destroy the spirit within the West Ham first-team squad.

The Hammers have recorded back-to-back Premier League victories since the influential France international informed manager Slaven Bilic of his desire to leave the club.

Payet has not featured in the wins over Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough and is currently training with the club's U23s, with former side Marseille yet to agree a deal to re-sign him.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic makes a point to player Dimitri Payet in action during the Premier League match between Swansea and West Ham
Image: Dimitri Payet wants to secure a return to former club Marseille before the close of the January transfer window

"Our response just proves what the lads have got deep down in themselves - our passion for football, for the manager and for our club," Carroll said.

"No one player is going to destroy anything. I think the fight the lads have got, the fans standing behind us, it's all been great.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Middl
Image: Carroll scored twice as West Ham defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside

"It is a very tight-knit group, the tightest it has been since I joined."

Carroll followed up his sensational bicycle kick against Palace with another two strikes in West Ham's 3-1 success at Middlesbrough on Saturday, taking his tally to four goals in his last six matches.

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The victory at the Riverside also lifted Bilic's men into the top half of the Premier League for the first time this season and Carroll believes the turnaround in West Ham's fortunes has been down to the spirit in the dressing room.

"The atmosphere in and around the place is fantastic and that shows on the pitch," the 28-year-old added.

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Robbie Keane says the best thing for West Ham and Payet himself is for the player to leave

"You go into the dressing room and the lads are laughing and joking.

"It helps to bring out the best in players, as you can see because we're on a great run."

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