Dimitri Payet is expected to complete his transfer to West Ham United imminently, although Olympique de Marseille are unhappy with the Hammers for having approached the midfielder without permission.
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The France international reportedly flew to London on Thursday to complete a medical ahead of a move to Upton Park, according to The Guardian.
The player’s agent confirmed the move was imminent on Wednesday, and confirmation is expected once the 28-year-old has completed his pre-transfer fitness tests [Express].
However, all is not well at OM, the club who have finally agreed to offload one of their key players, and released a statement on their official website confirming that the Hammers had not been fair in their dealings.
The communiqué, via the Standard, read: “At the start of June, an agreement was reached with Dimitri and his agent. The two parties agreed at this time that the OM [Olympique Marseille] playmaker would honour the remaining two years of his contract.
“On June 22, Dimitri’s agent requested a new meeting with President Vincent Labrune. He announced that he and his player had opened negotiations with West Ham, saying that the English club offered a contract of six years worth €30m.
“The agent then demanded a huge and immediate revaluation of Dimitri Payet’s contract to remain at Marseille.”
While West Ham look close to securing their deal, Everton may attempt a late move for the player, having previously been linked to Payet’s signature [Liverpool Echo].
The French international is coming off the back of a fantastic campaign in Ligue 1, and represents something of a coup for the Hammers.
The No. 10—who has 15 caps for Les Bleus—managed 36 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, contributing a league-high 17 assists and scoring seven goals. However, he was unable to help OM into the Champions League places following the Phoceens’ late-season decline.
According to the Standard, Payet will move for £21.3 million, and will sign a six-year contract—something of a spectacular show of commitment for a player who is already in his late 20s.
Payet is unlikely to be the last player to sign for the Upton Park outfit this summer; Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy are both understood to be on the brink of a switch to East London [L’Equipe via the Express], while Alex Song has also been linked to the Hammers [Telegraph].