West Ham expect a new bid from Marseille for Dimi Payet early next week and have made it clear the expected £25 million offer will be turned down flat.
The Irons are annoyed that the French club and Payet have tried to push them into a corner and they have no intention of being shoved around anymore.
The club know Marseille’s game and that they are trying to get the midfielder on the cheap in order to upload the savings onto the player’s wages.
And tonight a Hammers source made it clear to ClaretandHugh that they are not budging from their £35 million valuation and that any hopes Payet had of picking his club won’t happen unless Marseille write the magic number on a cheque!
The Hammers would sooner he sat in the Under 23’s until the end of the season when Marseille, having been unable to meet their valuation, are highly unlikely to return with the required fee.
And that scenario would allow other clubs – probably from France, Payet’s chosen destination – to make their play for the player thus ensuring that a two or three club war pushes the price up!
This is a battle which neither Payet or Marseille can win because the Hammers negotiators are angry at their one-sided attempts to get one of Europe’s top player for peanuts.
And should Payet find himself at West Ham at the end of January he will need to press the panic button knowing that his chosen destination – Marseilles – will have all but disappeared.
A source told CandH: “We don’t like the game that’s being played – £25 million is nowhere near enough. That sort of deal is not going to happen.”