Unsettled French midfielder Dimitri Payet is set to return to Marseille from West Ham in a £25m move. It is understood the Frenchman agreed to take a pay cut to force the move to go ahead.
Payet by all accounts has signed an 18-month contract with Olympique de Marseille and is expected to undergo his medical on Sunday, making him ready for selection next week for the Ligue 1 side.
Refused to Play
For most of January Payet has been looking to leave West Ham and refused to play for the club. The situation soon deteriorated with manager Slaven Bilich revealing that Payet wanted to leave but insisting he will not be sold. Following two weeks of negotiations, Payet still wants to leave the club and West Ham has agreed to sell the player.
Marseille have recently been bought by Frank McCourt, an American Billionaire and have an influx of cash. The £25m deal is believed to come with clauses that could see West Ham paid a few million more should the French side win Ligue 1 or qualify for the Champions League.
Following a successful debut season with West Ham Payet’s wages rose to £120,000 per week after signing a new contract with the club. To speed up the deal and to smooth it over, Payet accepted a pay cut of £20,000 per week, bringing his wages to £100,000 per week.
Payet was much loved by fans and pundits and he lit up the Premiership with his midfield flair and penchant for scoring spectacular free – kicks. His creative flair was very much in the West Ham mould.
However, his refusal to play has soured relations with West Ham fans and he received criticism for his actions from pundits.
His family have moved back to France and he is set to join them today.