Troubled French playmaker Dimitri Payet has ignored links to China as his woes continue this term.
The player wants out of West Ham but the club is not willing to sell him, hence a pause in his career that was gradually picking up.
Payet has pleaded with the club to release him but they have repeatedly ignored him particularly as they feel hurt about the way the player responded to their good gestures. His former club Marseille have stepped up and have asked that the Premier League club sell him back to them as the player wants to move back home.
Marseille so far have not been able to meet up with the Hammers price tag. They are expected to return with a bid of at least £25 million after West Ham rejected previous offers.
The 29-year old could see his career wear down as he refused to play and West Ham refuse to let him go. He has turned down a £500,000 monthly tax-free wage to China, preferring to return to France.
The player trained with former defender Matthew Upson with the under 23 side as he awaits another visit of Marseille. The player was demoted to train with the feeder team as the issue remain resolved.
West Ham rejected a bid of £22 million from Marseille as they seem insistent on ruining the player’s prospects a bit or cashing in before they let him go. If the French club offer £25 million the London stadium dwellers might budge from the £30 million they want.
West ham would replace the player with Jose Fonte and Scott Hogan from Southampton and Brentford respectively after their £6 million bid for Robert Snodgrass was thrown out.
The team’s form has improved of late with them entering the top ten but it remains a tough season for the club that enjoyed a decent level of success only last year.