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Marseille fail to reach Payet deal as West Ham demand €34 million

The Ligue 1 side’s president Jacques-Henri Eyraud is believed to have travelled to London on Monday.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet is understood to be keen on joining Marseille.
West Ham's Dimitri Payet is understood to be keen on joining Marseille.

MARSEILLE AND WEST Ham have failed to strike a deal for Dimitri Payet despite holding talks in London on Monday, according to reports.

The France star is said to have told the Hammers that he will not play for them again this season and has requested a transfer in the January window, with his former club the only team to have so far made a known offer.

Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud travelled to the English capital on Monday in an attempt to negotiate a deal for Payet but West Ham are holding out for a fee between £30 million (€34 million) and £35m (€40m) and are refusing to budge on that valuation.

Some reports have suggested Payet would agree a switch this month but not move until the summer, finishing the 2016-17 campaign in the Premier League, but after a backlash from supporters West Ham would prefer to offload him immediately.

Despite reports claiming Marseille had submitted a second bid, however, a deal has not been reached.

Mark Noble, West Ham’s captain, recently admitted he had been angered by the Frenchman’s decision to go on strike while the club determines his future.

Payet has made 17 starts in the Premier League this season, scoring twice, on top of seven appearances in the Europa League.

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