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Sunday 30 April 2017

Dimitri Payet's car vandalised outside his home as West Ham strike costs him £25,000 a match

Dimitri Payet wants to rejoin his former club Marseille
Dimitri Payet wants to rejoin his former club Marseille

Jason Burt

Dimitri Payet is losing out on £25,000-a-match appearance money at West Ham United as the club considers a complaint to Fifa alleging Marseille have unsettled the French international who has said he does not want to play for them again.

It emerged that Payet’s car had been vandalised outside his home in Essex – a brick was apparently thrown through a window – with the 29-year-old remaining excluded from the squad for Saturday’s Premier League fixture away to Middlesbrough.

Having missed last week’s match against Crystal Palace it means that Payet has lost £50,000 in appearance money already as he attempts to push through his return to Marseille who have had two bids – the latest of £22 million – rejected by West Ham. Nevertheless he is still being paid more than £100,000-a-week despite his apparent refusal to play or submit a transfer request.

West Ham are exasperated by the situation and believe that Marseille have made matters worse in the way they have attempted to conduct the transfer and knowing that Payet’s wife and children have returned to France.

Given West Ham are sympathetic to Payet’s circumstances and have told him he can leave in the summer then they are unhappy that he and Marseille have used such aggressive tactics – and have also bid substantially lower than the £40 million valuation they placed on him.

West Ham now accept that something closer to £30 million will prompt a sale and despite reports in France that Marseille had submitted a third bid of £26 million they have yet to hear from them following a brief, 10-minute meeting in London last Monday when their second offer was rejected.

Similarly neither have West Ham been informed that Marseille have dropped their interest, as has also been claimed, and the club are discussing whether they need to take the matter to Fifa to establish whether Payet was ‘tapped up’ in the first place to agitate for a move this window.

The situation has become increasingly fraught with Payet,who is training with the Under-23s, ostracised by the rest of the first-team who have grown tired of his antics this season which started with him wanting to leave after Euro 2016.

Meanwhile the terms of reference for the investigation into the “skyrocketing” costs of converting the Olympic Stadium for West Ham to use have been announced. The investigation, which will cover every area of the stadium’s design and construction, was commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his predecessor Boris Johnson will be asked to justify his management of the stadium and is one of a number of officials who will be questioned.

Announcing the terms of reference Mr Khan said: “We need to find out how on earth the transformation costs were allowed to skyrocket, and whether appropriate checks were made before key decisions were made.”

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