Payet dealt blow as want-away ace is stuck with West Ham
Marseille have reportedly given up on their pursuit of West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet in January.
The Frenchman finds himself in an awkward situation after Slaven Bilic made his wishes public knowledge.
A taste of his own medicine for signing a bumper contract before wanting to leave, or should Bilic keep this sort of thing between manager and player?
The news followed by speculation linking Payet to an array of clubs throughout Europe and Asia, but the player later made it clear he only wanted a return to Marseille for family reasons.
Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News said:
“Payet has nothing against [the] West Ham fans, players, manager or owners. [He] just wants to go home because [his] family have not settled in London.
“Payet will be taking [a] pay cut of at least 30 percent if West Ham allow him to go to Marseille. [His] weekly wage will drop from £125,000 to below £100,000.
“Payet [is] very upset that he’s come across as greedy. He’s turned down massive offers from China because he wants to go home for family reasons.”
As reported by Sky Sports, Marseille seemed like the most likely destination, as they had two bids rejected by West Ham but were expected to return with an improved third offer.
But the Hammers want £30million for Payet, whereas Marseille are not willing to go above £25million so it has led to a breakdown in negotiations.
It remains unclear whether Marseille will go back in for their target when the summer transfer window opens, but Payet may have to stick with a struggling West Ham side.