West Ham close to sealing deal for international ace - L'Equipe
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have agreed in principle to sell Dimitri Payet to Marseille after a meeting on Monday, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim the London club have given the green light for the Ligue 1 outfit to sign the France international this month.
It is said that West Ham are open to a sale and that “the ball is now in the court” of Marseille.
Breaking | West Ham United have agreed in principle to sell Dimitri Payet to Marseille after a meeting today, according to L’Équipe.
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Contrary to reports in the British media on Monday evening, the reliable L’Equipe claim a second bid was not tabled by Marseille for Payet on Monday to follow their opening offer at the end of last week.
But the France-based newspaper claim Payet has agreed personal terms with the French club and a deal is edging closer.
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By contrast, reports in the UK stated that West Ham rejected a second offer from Marseille said to be worth between £20million and £22million.
Talks took place between Marseille officials and the London club’s transfer chief David Sullivan on Monday in a bid to thrash out an agreement for a player who is valued at the £30million mark by West Ham.
The sum would represent a near-£20million profit on the Frenchman, 29, who moved to West Ham 18 months ago from Marseille.
Payet may be in the second half of his career but the 32-times France international was one of the stars of Euro 2016 and came second in the PFA Player of the Year awards last season, behind only Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
West Ham won 3-0 against Crystal Palace in the absence of Payet at the London Stadium on Saturday as home fans made their feelings clear about the man who was awarded their player of the year last season.
Supporters chanted for Payet to be granted his wish to leave the club this month after manager Slaven Bilic dropped the bombshell last Thursday that he did not want to ever play for West Ham again.
The Hammers now have 15 days to wrap up an agreement before the January transfer window shuts.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have agreed a landmark striker deal.