Assist king takes £25,000-a-week pay cut to seal West Ham transfer - Sky

By Harry Sykes

Dimitri Payet has taken a £25,000-a-week pay cut to push through his return to Marseille, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim on their transfer centre blog (Sunday, 12.04pm) that the French assist king will earn around £100,000-a-week at the Stade Veledrome.

This is a considerable drop on his Hammers contract signed in February of last year, which is worth £125,000-a-week, and demonstrates how much he wants to return to former club Marseille.

West Ham announced on their official Twitter account on Sunday that they had agreed to sell Payet, 29, to Marseille for £25million.

This comes just 18 months after he joined from the Ligue 1 big hitters for a fee of £11.5million in the summer of 2015.

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Payet had an outstanding debut campaign in which he scored 15 goals and provided a remarkable 17 assists to be voted second by his fellow professionals in the PFA player of the year award behind only winner Riyad Mahrez.

He has been less effective this season but has still scored three goals and supplied eight assists from 22 matches in all competitions.

Payet has pushed hard for a transfer in the last few weeks, which has made him extremely unpopular with fans after manager Slaven Bilic went public with the player’s desire to quit.

The 29-year-old been banished from the first-team set-up at the London Stadium and his exit frees up funds for the Hammers to sign a new striker.

The players have turned their backs on him, after reports emerged that he had been removed from their WhatsApp group, and their recent form in the Premier League suggests that they can perform just fine without him.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club have clinched a big-name deal despite being outbid by their Premier League rivals’ £65,000-a-week offer.

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