West Ham United have changed their stance on Dimitri Payet’s future at the club and will accept a departure this month, although ESPN report another offer from Marseille has been rejected.
The situation of Dimitri Payet’s future seems to be changing every day and it’s setting itself up as the saga of the January transfer window. Now, the latest is that West Ham are prepared to allow the Frenchman to leave if their demands are met.
When initially revealing Payet had refused to play for the side last week and wanted a January exit, Slaven Bilic stated West Ham do not want or need to sell the playmaker- but now it seems they’re coming to terms with an exit.
Marseille is the likely destination for Payet and the Hammers can expect to make a profit on the price they paid the French side for Payet’s services, around £10m, but Bilic’s side are digging their heels in and are not prepared to accept anything less than their valuation.
The French side are keen to bring Payet, who featured for the club for two-years before moving to England, back to the Stade Velodrome but saw an initial offer rejected. Now, ESPN add the Ligue 1 side have seen a second offer of around €25m turned down.
Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the Marseille president, and Andoni Zubizarreta, his sporting director, travelled to London to discuss a potential deal for Payet and were informed by West Ham’s contingent that Payet would be sold if they increased their offer.
However, Payet is confident a deal will go ahead and his family are already back in France looking at houses and schools- with an offer of between €30-35m likely to be enough to see Payet move back to his homeland.
Payet has already agreed personal terms with Marseille, which will see him take a pay-cut, and Marseille will launch a third offer this week.