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Marseille to pull out of Payet race?

Filed: Friday, 20th January 2017
By: Staff Writer

Marseille are reported to be on the verge of pulling out of the race to sign West Ham United's Dimitri Payet.

The 29-year-old has spent the week training at the club's Chadwell Heath base with the Under 23s after effectively going on strike, having refused to feature for the first team again.

However his chances of forcing through a move to the Ligue 1 club received a major blow this lunchtime (Friday) when, it was claimed, L'OM informed West Ham they will not be pursuing their interest in Payet again during the current transfer window.

That's accoring to journalist Kaveh Solhekol, who claims to have the inside track on the deal. "Marseille are resigned to not signing Dimitri Payet from West Ham during this window," he told SSN.

"They do not think it will be possible to sign him during this window and they will be moving on to other targets this month. They have almost given up on signing him this month.

"West Ham are demanding 30m and Marseille are not willing to pay more than 25m so is this just a game of poker between the clubs? What I'm being told is they're resigned to not signing him in this window."

Payet, who is currently being paid 125,000 per week to train with Academy staff for two to three hours per day has not featured for West Ham since the 0-5 home defeat against Manchester City earlier this month.

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