As reported by The Mirror, the Dimitri Payet transfer saga that has rumbled on all January could be coming to a head with the club coming close to letting him leave the club.
It’s a story that has dominated the Hammers’ January, but Slaven Bilic could be ready to draw a line under the uncertainty and let Payet have his dream move to Ligue 1.
That’s according to The Mirror, who say the Irons have come to terms with the fact that Payet is not going to play for them again.
They say that an asking price of £35m for the attacking midfielder has been reduced to around £30m, which could finally open the door for the Frenchman to leave for Marseille.
Key to that decision is their hope of landing two targets, Robert Snodgrass and Scott Hogan, who could arrive at the London Stadium for a combined fee of £25m, according to the paper.
Considering Payet has dug his heels in so hard this January, it makes little sense for West Ham to keep a valuable asset out of matchday squads and picking up ages, especially as that would only likely decrease the transfer fee on offer for the French international.
Cutting their losses and using the money to re-invest in the squad is a smart move and the Irons can move forward in unity and build on the good results in recent weeks that have delighted fans.
There’s no doubt that West Ham will miss the creativity and goal threat Payet offers, he’s scored 3 and assisted 6 this season, but the attacking talent they are reportedly looking to bring to the club could go some way to filling that hole.
Snodgrass has scored 9 and assisted 3 this term in one of the poorer teams in the league and Scott Hogan could be the poacher Irons fans have been desperate to see at the club, scoring 14 goals in the Championship this season.
Can they make West Ham fans forget about the whirlwind journey Payet took at the club?