Monday 19 March 2018

Payet losing £25,000 per match

Dimitri Payet. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Dimitri Payet. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Jason Burt

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

It emerged yesterday 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 today's Premier League fixture at Middlesbrough.

Having missed last week's match against Crystal Palace, it means that Payet has lost £50,000 in appearance money as he attempts to push through his return to Marseille, who have had two bids - the latest of £22million - rejected by West Ham.

Nevertheless, he is still being paid a wage of more than £100,000 a week despite his apparent refusal to play or submit a transfer request.

West Ham believe Marseille, knowing Payet's wife and children have returned to France, have made matters worse in the way they have attempted to conduct the transfer.

With West Ham having told him he can leave in the summer, they are unhappy that he and Marseille have used such aggressive tactics - and that the French club have bid substantially lower than West Ham's £40million valuation of the player.

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

The club are discussing whether they need to take the matter to Fifa to establish whether Payet was 'tapped up' to agitate for a move this window.

Payet is training with the under-23s, having been ostracised by the rest of the first team.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will be asked to justify his management of the Olympic Stadium as part of the investigation into the "skyrocketing" costs of converting the venue for West Ham to use it.

The former Mayor of London will be one of several officials questioned in the inquiry commissioned by Johnson's successor Sadiq Khan.

"We need to find out how the transformation costs were allowed to skyrocket," Khan said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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