West Ham have accepted A?25million deal for wantaway star Dimitri Payet who returns to the Ligue 1 club from whom the Hammers signed him.

Dimitri Payet
The French forward Dimitri Payet is set for a A?25m move from West Ham to Marseille to close a saga in which he refused to play for the east London side. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Payet is expected to sign for Marseille on Sunday after the French club reached an agreement with West Ham over his transfer. It is understood the France international will take a A?25,000 wage cut from his A?125,000-a-week salary at West Ham to secure the switch.

Payet has pushed hard for the transfer, citing family problems as the reason he wants to return to his former club a from which he joined West Ham in a A?10.7m deal in the summer of 2015 a and he has effectively been on strike in east London since 10AJanuary.

The 29-year old is in France, having tweeted a photograph of his jet and captioned it ‘I’m coming home’, and is expected to be unveiled in the next 24 hours with a view to him figuring in the squad to face Lyon on Tuesday.

Payet tweeted a photograph of a plane, captioning it: ‘I’m coming home’

The arrival of Hull City midfielder Snodgrass at the London Stadium means West Ham no longer had any interest in trying to hold 29-year-old Payet against his will and both clubs are keen to get a final deal in place.

The Hammers had turned down two bids from Marseille for Payet but now expect the move to happen with a fee of A?25m plus A?5m in add-ons.

Payet told West Ham he no longer wanted to play for them earlier this month and has been training with their U23s. His family had already returned to France.


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