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Transfer News: Marseille playing hardball with West Ham over Payet

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Second bid for want-away playmaker rejected by West Ham

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Numerous reports out of the UK say that another bid from Marseille to bring Dimitri Payet back to the south of France has been rejected by West Ham.

Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol is reporting that the 2nd bid that Marseille has had rejected is a mere 1 million pounds more than the first bid. Obviously, the people at Marseille believe that they have the bargaining power in their hand, with Payet basically demanding a move to Marseille, putting West Ham in an incredibly bad situation.

The current dispute with Marseille over under-valued bids will seem a tad ironic to most Hammer fans, as the West Ham board is seen by many to have lost out on a number of players in the summer transfer window by coming in a few million below the team’s asking price. In fact, Chelsea reportedly beat West Ham to the signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a mere 2 million pounds after it was reported that Chelsea signed Batshuayi from Marseille for 33 million pounds. The club has also recently been said to have lost out on Brentford’s Scott Hogan after refusing to match the west London club’s asking price of 15 million pounds, putting a final offer of 12.5 million pounds for the young striker.

With the club showing incredible fight and spirit after the loss of their best player, the win against Crystal Palace showed to both the fans and the team that no player, including Payet, are bigger than the club. And with three excellent goals, including a goal-of-the-season candidate from Andy Carroll, it shows that West Ham will do just fine staying up and playing good football without the France international player.