Sunday 23 July 2017

West Ham agree deal to sell Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet could finally be about to leave West Ham
Dimitri Payet could finally be about to leave West Ham

Samuel Lovett

West Ham United have agreed to sell Dimitri Payet to his former club, Olympique de Marseille, for a fee worth an initial £25m.

It's understood the unsettled Frenchman agreed to take a pay cut to ensure the deal was forced through.

The France international has been angling for an exit for most of January, a situation that became toxic after coach Slaven Bilic revealed in a press conference that Payet no longer wished to play for the club.

Although the West Ham manager initially insisted that Payet would not be sold, after two weeks of extensive talks it now seems that the Hammers have finally agreed to sell the 29-year-old.

Marseille, newly-bolstered with the money of American billionaire Frank McCourt, are expected to confirm the £25m deal which includes bonus clauses.

The winger was given a new contract with the Hammers last year that elevated his wages to around £120,000 per week.

But with Marseille desperately trying to structure an affordable deal with West Ham, Payet has accepted a pay cut to just north of £100,000 every week in order to speed up the process.

(© Independent News Service)

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