West Ham United have agreed a deal with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet. The deal is worth £25 million ($31.37m) and will be closed before the winter transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Payet is reportedly travelling to France for a medical to complete the transfer to Marseille. The Frenchman will return to the same club from where he arrived to the Premier League, 18 months ago, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 29-year-old man from Saint-Pierre, Réunion has agreed to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal with the French giants. It has to be noted that Marseille sold Payet to West Ham for £10.7m ($13.42m) in 2015, according to Daily Star.
After a lengthy spell of negotiations between both the clubs, Payet will finally get his wish to return back to his home country to get rid of his homesickness. The France international will take a pay-cut from his current £120,000-a-week ($150,588) deal with West Ham to join his former club.
Slaven Bilic, West Ham manager revealed earlier at a press conference that Payet has refused to play for the club. The news was received with anger by The Hammers’ supporters with many protesting against the player’s attitude.
West Ham initially refused a transfer bid of £22.5m ($28.23m) by Marseille for Payet. However, the French club upped their offer £2.5m ($3,13m) more to get their man.
Throughout the entire negotiation process, Payet made it abundantly clear of his refusal to feature for The Hammers. The Frenchman revealed his desire to return back to France because of family reasons. He was hence made to train with the West Ham U23 squad.
Since his arrival in the Premier League, Payet made 60 appearances for West Ham. He scored 15 goals for the club. The 29-year-old also signed a new five-and-a-half year contract last February with The Hammers.
Dimitri Payet for West Ham in 2015/16
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