Talks on Monday: West Ham to thrash out attacker deal, asking price is £30m - Sky
By Harry Sykes
West Ham will hold talks with Marseille on Monday to thrash out a deal to sell Dimitri Payet, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their website that Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud will meet with top-ranking West Ham officials just days after Slaven Bilic revealed that Payet wanted to quit London Stadium.
It is said that West Ham have placed a valuation of £30million on the France playmaker, who turns 30 in March.
The sum would represent a near-£20million profit on the Frenchman, who moved to West Ham 18 months ago from Marseille.
Sky Sports report that the Ligue 1 big hitters are the only club interested in signing Payet, who was omitted from the West Ham squad that beat rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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Bilic insisted the attacking midfielder would not be sold in the January window as West Ham battened down the hatches in an attempt to fend off potential suitors.
But the club’s stance then appeared to soften as the vice-chairman Karren Brady conceded on Saturday in her column for the Sun that “probably sooner rather than later he will be on his way”, amid reports that the player’s family is unhappy with life in London.
West Ham fans made their feelings about Payet clear on Saturday as they repeatedly chanted for last season’s club player of the year, and the man voted second in the overall PFA player of the year awards, to leave.
West Ham also achieved the notable feat of a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace without their star player, with Andy Carroll scoring a goal of the season contender with a stunning bicycle kick.
The Hammers ended the weekend West Ham are 12th in the Premier League table with 25 points, nine points ahead of the drop zone.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have agreed a landmark striker deal.