West Ham United wants Dimitri Payet to repay his R14.48 million loyalty bonus before he returns to Marseille.
Barclays Premier League, West Ham may have agreed a £25m deal to sell contract rebel Dimitri Payet on Sunday, but the Hammers are still demanding that the Frenchman pay back his £1m loyalty bonus, according to The Mirror.
Payet has insisted that his move is not down to money, citing family reasons for a wish to return to Marseille, and the Hammers want him to put his money where his mouth is – literally – by returning a loyalty bonus, the idea of which seems faintly ridiculous now considering the acrimonious nature of his departure from the Premier League club.
If the Mirror’s report is accurate and Payet agrees to give it back, he is expected to sail through the rest of the deal’s formalities and could be presented as a Marseille player – for the second time – as early as tomorrow.
Payet was given the loyalty bonus on top of a bumper £125,000-a-week contract after his scintillating form last season as the Hammers tried to appease their star player. However, it has imploded spectacularly, with Payet essentially going on strike after Slaven Bilic publicly announced the player’s wish to leave.
However, it has imploded spectacularly, with Payet essentially going on strike after Slaven Bilic publicly announced the player’s wish to leave.
The France international is set to take a pay-cut by re-joining Marseille, where he will earn £100,000-a-week. The player confirmed he was ‘going back home’ on Sunday as he posted a photo of the private jet taking him to complete his medical in the south of France. West Ham
West Ham have signed his replacement in Robert Snodgrass, who joined the club on Friday in a £10.2m deal.