West Ham United’s contract rebel Dimitri Payet looks certain to leave the London outfit before the end of the January transfer window, The Star reports. Marseille have already had two bids for the playmaker rejected by West Ham. It is understood that the latest offer was in the region of £20 million, while West Ham are not ready to drop down from their valuation of £30 million.Payet was signed from the French club for around £10.5 million in the summer of 2015.
Even though the French club will certainly be favourites to sign him owing to their past connection, Manchester United and Arsenal are understood to have entered into the race for the 29-year-old. Both clubs would appreciate a player who can create stuff straight away. Unlike some of the other transfer targets for both clubs, Payet will be able to hit the ground running straightaway after having been experienced with the Premier League. It is extremely important from a January signing.
His excellent debut campaign with West Ham drew a lot of transfer interest immediately, and he was on the verge of winning the PFA Player of the Year title in that season.
The transfer interest, though, seemed to severely affect his concentration at West Ham. Even though he was good last season, Payet was nowhere near enough his best and it has been more of the same in the first half of the season. There have been flashes of brilliance to remind everyone about his incredible talent, but those brilliant moments have been far and few between. As the 29-year-old now refuses to play for West Ham, it is looking highly likely that the club would sell him rather than keep an unhappy player, who is under contract until 2021.
Incredibly, Payet signed a new deal only in February 2016. United could actually benefit from making a move for the Frenchman, who could end up on the left side of the front three. It would make United’ s attack formidable with Pogba, Mkhitaryan, and Payet supporting Zlatan Ibrahimovic.