£22.5m bid tabled for West Ham player - report
By Amir Mir
Marseille have tabled a bid worth £22.5million for West Ham player Dimitri Payet, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Hammers have rejected the offer from the playmaker’s former club as the player seeks a move away from the club.
The bid is said to be made up of an initial £20million plus a further £2.5million if Marseille qualify for the Champions League.
Sky Sports also claimed on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning that the 29-year-old is attracting the interest of the Ligue 1 giants.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 12, 2017
This follows the bombshell news of Hammers manager Slaven Bilic on Thursday morning that the Frenchman does not wish to play for the club and has asked for a transfer.
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Bilic insisted that Payet will not be sold as they face Crystal Palace in a crucial relegation scrap at the weekend.
The Telegraph also report that his current club have urged him to stay until the summer where they have agreed to sell him but he has refused that offer.
Payet is quoted as saying that, he will “never kick a ball again for West Ham” as the France international is determined to move.
Payet joined the Premier League side during the summer of 2015 when he left the Stade Vélodrome for the east London outfit.
During his debut campaign, he won plaudits from fans for his performances which saw him being nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
However, this season his form has dipped as he scored only two goals in 18 league games for the club as the Irons sit seven points above the relegation zone.
It is said that West Ham deemed the offer by Marseille as “low” and the current bid made by the French club includes £2.5 million add-ons if they qualify for the Champions League.
Football Insider verdict:
Dimitri Payet should not be allowed to leave West Ham this January and should not be paid by the club in the process if he refuses to play. From the Hammers faithful to Slaven Bilic, they have all helped the playmaker in the past year and a half which has seen him gain recognition as one of the best players in the league. Not only that, his performances for the Hammers have seen him represent his home country, France and be part of their Euro 2016 campaign. Now, when the going gets tough and the club is fighting a relegation battle, he is refusing to play.
In other West Ham transfer news, why this experienced international player should leave the club in January.