Marseille have reportedly launched a fresh €30m bid to sign West Ham United rebel Dimitri Payet ahead of the January transfer window deadline.
The Ligue 1 outfit have had two offers rejected by the Hammers who are holding out for €35m, with the French international pushing for an exit.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic confirmed last week that Payet had informed him that he no longer wished to play for the club, and so an exit seems like the most sensible resolution for both parties this month.
Despite claims in the English media on Friday that Marseille had given up on their top target to consider other options, L’Equipe have reported that they have launched a new €35m bid.
While it doesn’t quite satisfy West Ham’s demands, it is edging ever closer and it’s added that ultimately they need the Premier League side to accept this offer as there is little room for them to increase any further.
The 29-year-old has struggled to reach the heady heights of last season through the first half of this campaign, as after scoring 15 goals and providing 17 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions last year, he has only managed to contribute three goals and eight assists in 22 games this time round.
Having made his intentions clear that he wishes to return to his homeland and his former club, West Ham appear to have relaxed their stance that he wouldn’t be sold.
Now, perhaps they may well opt to accept the latest offer in order to offload the French playmaker and invest the transfer funds to further strengthen Bilic’s squad with players that wish to play for the him and the club.