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Marseille fume as £21.3m French international flies to London for medical ahead of transfer (Video)

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].

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