West Ham will reportedly demand £50million from Marseille before letting Dimitri Payet leave, while one of his team-mates has taken a swipe at the wantaway playmaker.
Payet was not in the Hammers squad for their 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday after his refusal to play for Slaven Bilic’s men.
The Daily Express claims that the Frenchman isn’t for sale unless his former club Marseille stump up £50million with the Londoners already rejecting an offer of £20million plus a £2.5million add-on.
Despite receiving a £1million loyalty bonus at the beginning of the season, Payet seems to be determined to leave and is understood to be adamant that he will never play for the club again.
Sources have told the Daily Express that a deal could be done before the January transfer window closes but it will come at a high price for the French Ligue 1 side.
And Andy Carroll – who scored a wonderful goal in the victory over Palace – had some stern words for the France international following their Premier League win.
“’I don’t think any player is bigger than the club. That’s what the lads believe, the manager, all the staff and the fans. We showed we’re a tight group and got three points for it,” said Carroll.
“We have answered a few of the critics, with everything that has been going in during the week and everyone talking. I have received a lot of calls and messages and it has been the same for the other players. It has been tough, especially as the lads are close to one another.
“To put all that behind us and work as a team has been fantastic. All the lads in the dressing room were fantastic and professional. They know what it means to the fans and the club. We stuck together and everyone is hungry and dedicated. It showed in the performance.”