United And Arsenal Initiate Bidding War For Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet applauds fans after the game.

Reuters / Peter Cziborra

Manchester United and Arsenal have opened talks with West Ham over a move for Dimitri Payet.

Payet seems all set to part away with West Ham this January, after refusing to play or train with the club.

And the Daily Star suggests Manchester United and Arsenal have already made initial enquiries to start the proceedings for a January deal. But the Premier League giants have to first convince Payet to join.

The rebel Hammers midfielder is also expected to return to Marseille because of some family reasons. The Ligue 1 side have already seen their two bids for the French hotshot rocked back by a reluctant West Ham.

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Marseille’s second offer was reported to be £1m higher than their initial £19m bid last week. But the Hammers have slapped a price tag of more than £30m for Payet, and they are not willing to change their stance.

Payet has also rejected several offers from clubs in China to force a move to France. He even informed West Ham boss Slaven Bilic last week that he no longer wants to play for the club. The midfielder was left out of the Hammers squad which beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday.

Payet, who signed a new five-and-a-half year deal in February 2016, is also not training with the first-team, and is currently working with the club’s under-23s.

His history of troubled relationships at the clubs he has played for clearly hints it could be difficult to keep him happy. The extent to which he has angered West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is striking.


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