Payet snubs West Ham yet again in bid to expedite his transfer – report
By Matt Farr
West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has followed up his first-team snub by refusing to play for the club’s Under-23 side, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Payet has ruled himself out of contention as the Hammers’ development squad prepare to take on Aston Villa on Friday night, in fear that an injury could derail his hopes of a transfer.
After demanding a move back to France this month, the 29-year-old was banished from the first-team setup by manager Slaven Bilic.
Marseille, one of Payet’s former employers, are understood to have had three offers rejected by West Ham for his services, the latest offer amounting to little over £22million.
West Ham are still holding out for an offer closer to their £30million valuation, but Payet has now taken matters into his own hands once again to try to push through a deal before next week’s transfer deadline.
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However, with the two clubs yet to strike an agreement over a suitable fee, the France international may be set to endure a little while longer out in the cold.
There does not appear to be any way back for Payet at West Ham, even if he is forced to remain at the club until the end of the season, although this seems unlikely.
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.
The club would rather not, however, end up having to pay his wages for another six months, having made him their highest-paid player on a £125,000-per-week deal.
He has reportedly agreed terms with Marseilles already, and now it’s surely just a matter of time as West Ham hold out for the biggest fee possible.
Football Insider verdict:
This doesn’t really come a surprise but if Payet wasn’t already the most hated man in east London, he will be now. Payet is concerned that playing for the Under-23s could lead to him being injured which could derail the transfer. It happens quite frequently, but the players involved never look good, and Payet has already lost the respect of everyone round him at West Ham. No good will come from this saga going on any longer than it needs to. With incoming transfers like Scott Hogan and Robert Snodgrass possibly dependent on the money from Payet’s sale, the question is, how long can they carry on playing chicken with Marseille for?
In other West Ham news, goalkeeper Darren Randolph has welcomed the addition of this player to the club’s ranks.