West Ham braced for £25m+ bid in January for midfielder - report
By Dominic Toner
Marseille are planning a January move for West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, according to a report.
French outlet L’Equipe claim that Marseille want to re-sign the 29-year-old and believe a bid in the region of £25million-£34million will secure the deal.
Payet moved to the Hammers in 2015 after a successful spell with Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The attacking midfielder made 83 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals and 29 assists and they are keen on him returning to them.
Payet has been a revelation since he moved to the Premier League and has become a huge favourite with the West Ham supporters.
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The France international has been a great goal threat for Slaven Bilic’s side and is also recognised for his qualities from free-kick situations.
He has made 64 appearances for the Hammers across all competitions, scoring 18 goals and supplying 25 assists.
Payet was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year last season and is regarded as the star player at the club.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham should resist the offer from Payet in January as he is crucial to what the club want to achieve. The Hammers are looking to improve following their move to the London Stadium and would send out a negative message if they sell their most prized possession. The Londoners are trying to compete at the top-end of the table and Payet has proved to be the match winner on numerous occasions. The attacking midfielder has become a cult hero with the club’s supporters and is unplayable when he is on form. Payet is currently at the peak of his career and could even consider him to be priced above £40million.
In other West Ham transfer news, Andy Carroll has responded to speculation of a move to the Chinese Super League.