West Ham United have rejected a third offer from Marseille for want-away Dimitri Payet, who they value at no less than £30million.
The France international has made it clear that he wants to return to former club for family reasons, despite only signing a long-term contract at his current employers less than 12 months ago. Payet has told West Ham boss Slaven Bilic he has no interest in playing for them again, and he has been training with the under-23’s for the past couple of weeks.
Marseille received £10.75million when they sold the 29-year-old to the Hammers in the summer of 2015, and they have already failed with two offers of substantially greater value to prise him back to the Stade Velodrome. And according to Sky Sports, they have now seen a third bid, believed to be of £22.5million, declined for the forward.
The London Stadium club are said to be holding out for £30million for Payet, who was last season one of the star turns in the Premier League and also carried this form into the European Championships for his country. Yet as he kicks his heels on the sidelines, Bilic’s side have now won two successive games to climb up to 10th in the top-flight standings.