Report delivers update on three big-money transfers West Ham are working on
By Danny Wright
West Ham’s attempts to sign Robert Snodgrass from Hull and Scott Hogan from Brentford have been delayed until they can agree a fee for the sale of Dimitri Payet, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim that the Hammers’ twin pursuit of Snodgrass and Hogan will not be completed until Marseille make a vast improvement to their £22.5million bid for the services of Payet.
The playmaker left the French club for the Hammers for a fee of £10.7million in 2015, but West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is believed to want £30million for the player.
The Hammers have had a bid of £10million accepted for Hull’s Snodgrass whilst they still remain interested in Hogan, who is rated at £15million.
It is said that the Payet deal could “go down to the wire” until next Tuesday’s 31 January cut-off, which will have a knock-on effect on the Snodgrass and Hogan deals.
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Payet has been out of the West Ham side since asking manager Slaven Bilic to leave the club as he no longer wishes to play for them.
The Euro 2016 runner-up was West Ham’s player of the season in their final season at Upton Park last term and has made a total of 66 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and assisting 25 since joining.
The Hammers have won both of their games since Bilic banished Payet from the first team, breezing past Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough with 3-0 and 3-1 victories.
Football Insider Verdict
Snodgrass and Hogan would be sound additions to the squad. Snodgrass has proved at Hull and Norwich he is a very capable player who creates and scores goals, and it is about time he got a chance at a bigger club. Both players could potentially provide the goals, assists and set-pieces that will undoubtedly be lost should Payet leave the club. It is a game of poker between West Ham and Marseille, but it is surely inevitable that a deal will eventually be agreed, as there appears no way back for the Frenchman at the London Stadium.
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