Yesterday, French newspaper L’Equipe reported Marseille have reached an agreement with Dimitri Payet on a €7m/year contract for four-and-a-half-years.
The Ligue 1 club haven’t reached an agreement yet with West Ham. It’s reported today Marseille made an offer of €30m for Payet and West Ham made a counter proposal, as both parties continue to negotiate.
Payet’s agent, Jacques-Olivier Auguste, has been speaking to L’Equipe, and has denied an agreement with Marseille.
He said: “I deny the existence of an agreement between Payet and Marseille under the conditions mentioned, whether over the duration of the contract or the wages.”
L’Equipe keep insisting West Ham are open to the sale of Payet, after initially threatening Marseille to take up the situation with FIFA.
The French newspaper believe Marseille could wait until the last couple of days of the transfer window to complete a deal for Payet, but that could obviously prove to be a risk.
Payet has also been left out of West Ham’s winter training camp in Dubai, and L’Equipe believe his possible exit from the Premier League is the reason for that. That he’s currently banished from the squad probably has more to do with it.