Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille have set an internal deadline of this Thursday to resolve the Dimitri Payet situation, according to RMC.
French sources assert that Jacques-Henri Eyraud met with West Ham officials yesterday and did not make a new offer for the player, but are expected to do in the coming hours. In the meantime, some thinking time is being taken by the French club.
They have no intention of paying €40m for the player, even if L’Équipe assert this morning that West Ham United did not name a specific price demand in the meeting that English reports claim lasted for between 10 to 15 minutes, whereas French sources claim it went on for around an hour.
However, it is difficult to see West Ham United accepting anything less than €34m (£30m) in order to part with the player, they do not feel obliged to sell him, they do not need to do so for financial reasons and the Frenchman signed a new contract recently.
There are even suggestions that West Ham United are prepared to let the player rot in the reserves for the rest of the season, if he does not apologise to supporters, which would be a bitter blow to Payet’s chance of maintaining a place in the current French national squad.
Marseille have set an internal deadline of Thursday to finalise a deal for Dimitri Payet and will be wasting no time as you are reading this article in presenting something new to the Hammers.
It is difficult to see OM bidding more than €30m plus bonuses for the player, but Payet is resolute in his desire to only leave West Ham for Marseille, with the player’s agent understood to have rejected advances from China.
An important day in the Dimitri Payet saga.