Marseille Lead The Race To Sign West Ham's Dimitri Payet

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic revealed that the influential Dimitri Payet has refused to train with his Premier League side as he bids to engineer a move away from the London club, with Marseille leading the race to sign the Frenchman before the month is out...

A Return To Marseille?

Payet has endured a downturn in form since starring for France at last summer's European Championships and he has reportedly become increasingly disillusioned with life at West Ham. The midfielder was superb last season, scoring twelve goals during his first season in England, but he has managed only two goals during a woeful 2016/17 campaign for the Hammers, who find themselves just seven points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's clash with struggling Crystal Palace.

Bilic had hoped that Payet would see out the season before agreeing to sell their prized asset in the summer as the 29-year-old is keen on a move to a bigger club but it seems as though a rejected £20m bid from Marseille has pushed Payet to act.

Payet has effectively gone on strike and he is now 3/1 to join his former club Marseille before the January transfer window closes (Paddy Power), although those odds are likely to contract as rumours about a return to France continue to swirl.

To Stay At West Ham?

Payet only signed a new contract with West Ham in February 2016 and the club are adamant that they won't sell before the summer, with Payet currently 11/10 (Coral) to still be with the East London outfit come the end of January.

Where Else?

If West Ham are to sell this month, they are likely to hold out for a big fee which wouldn't be an issue for a team in the Chinese Premier League. Payet is 8/1 to end up at any Chinese club this month (Betfair).

Meanwhile, the top clubs in England will be well aware of what Payet is capable of at his very best in the Premier League and could be tempted to raid the Hammers, with Manchester United 10/1, Chelsea 12/1, Arsenal 16/1 and Tottenham 20/1 to sign the wantaway midfielder during this transfer window.

Dimitri Payet Club After January Transfer Window Odds

Posted: Thursday, 12th January 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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