West Ham transfer sensation: Attacker deal clinched as player jets in for medical - Sky journalist
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have reached an agreement with Marseille over the transfer of Dimitri Payet, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports correspondent Kaveh Solkehol took to Twitter on Sunday morning to reveal that the Hammers have thrashed out a deal with the Ligue 1 club following a fortnight of intense discussions.
Solkehol reported on his personal Twitter account that the London club have agreed the terms of the deal with Marseille and that Payet is set to jet to the French club for a medical.
Breaking… West Ham agree deal with Marseille to sell Dimitri Payet. Payet on way to Marseille for medical #WHUFC
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 29, 2017
The major breakthrough following talks is a boost to manager Slaven Bilic as he attempts to revamp his squad in the final 48 hours of the window.
It comes 24 hours after Sky Sports reported on their transfer centre blog (Saturday, 8.46am) that West Ham and Marseille were “miles away” from an agreement.
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West Ham had valued the playmaker at £30million while Marseille had made a number of offers amounting up to £25million.
Solkehol does not yet report the fee agreed for one of the stars of Euro 2016, who joined West Ham from Marseille for £11.5million in the summer of 2015.
Payet has been banished from the first-team set-up at the London Stadium for the last three weeks and his impending exit frees up funds for the Hammers to sign a new striker.
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.
West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Scott Hogan from Brentford but have not yet secured a deal for the £15million-rated 24-year-old.
Bilic’s side, who do not have a match this weekend following their elimination from the FA Cup, have won five of their last seven league matches, including their last two against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have clinched a big-name deal despite being outbid by their Premier League rivals’ £65,000-a-week offer.