Angry OM accept Hammers’ Payet bid

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Marseille have grudgingly accepted an offer from West Ham for forward Dimitri Payet.

Payet, who has played 15 times for France, is expected to arrive at Upton Park on Thursday to undergo a medical and is set to become new manager Slaven Bilic’s first major signing since succeeding Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

Marseille issued a lengthy statement saying it is “absolutely not their intention” to sell Payet but that they were forced to accept the bid after a dispute with the player and his agent over a new contract.

The French club also claimed that West Ham have offered Payet a “golden bridge” – a six-year contract worth £21.3million (30m euros) – to play in the Premier League.

Marseille said that they were unable to match West Ham’s offer but remained hopeful the France international, who signed from Lille in 2013, would stay with the Ligue 1 outfit.

A statement on Marseille’s official website read: “At the start of June, an agreement was reached with Dimitri and his agent. The two parties agreed at this time that the OM playmaker would honour the remaining two years of his contract.

“On June 22, Dimitri’s agent requested a new meeting with President Vincent Labrune. He announced that he and his player had opened negotiations with West Ham, saying that the English club offered a contract of six years worth 30m euros.

“The agent then demanded a huge and immediate revaluation of Dimitri Payet’s contract to remain at Marseille.”

The French club also appeared to suggest West Ham, whose bid is said to be in the region of £11million, had approached Payet without their permission.

“Unable to meet this demand, Marseille, through the voice of its president, expressed surprise that negotiations had been opened with another club without alerting Marseille.”

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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