Dimitri Payet’s future is looking uncertain, after Marseille have refused to pay more than £25 million for the West Ham outcast who is unhappy in his present situation and wishes to return to his former employers.
The France international recently informed Slaven Bilic he no longer wants to play for his side and is desperate to leave the London club to join his wife Ludivine and three children who have already returned to France.
Two weeks ago Billic revealed Payet, the Hammers highest-paid player on £125,000-a-week, had refused to play for West Ham and has since found himself training with the U23s squad.
It has also been revealed the winger is not welcome on the planned mid-February training camp in the United Arab Emirates. The squad are planning to fly out to Dubai following their home clash with West Bromwich Albion on 11th February during their two- week game break.
The Hammers’ fans were understandably devastated of Payet’s request to quit the club and senior squad members have made it clear the Frenchman would not be welcome back into the senior set.
So far the French club have made three bids for the return of the 29 year-old, the third offer was on Monday for just under £23 million, but West Ham value him at £30 million.
A source involved in the negotiations has told SSNHQ :”Marseille have told West Ham they won’t pay more than £25m for Dimitri Payet. Too low for West Ham.
“Split at top of Marseille – some want to give up on Payet because he’s too expensive, some want to keep trying to sign him.
“One source says it’s looking more and more likely Marseille will wait until deadline day (next Tuesday) and try to get Payet on loan.”
But the transfer standstill is having a knock on effect on the chain of transfers depending on the transaction, right through from the Championship to League One.