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West Ham could yet be faced with battle to keep star man, officials said to be confident

Though there are teams lower down the league structure, some already stranded in relegation zones, it’s probably fair to say that the West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are amongst the most downhearted right now. 

The Hammers are yet to hit the nail on the head since moving to the London Stadium and, excusing the awful pun you just read, it’s been a thoroughly miserable campaign. In fact, it’s almost a complete contrast to the final season at the Boleyn Ground, one that made the now under pressure Slaven Bilic the darling of east London.

So as if things weren’t bad enough for the Irons drowning their sorrows in the bar right now, a story from Bleacher Report has come at the worst possible time.

They claim Ligue 1 side Marseille remain hopeful of pulling off an audacious attempt to lure Dimitri Payet back to France amid his struggles to replicate his best form in claret and blue.

Following his arrival last year, the Frenchman took the Premier League by storm with a series of majestic performances though has been a relative disappointment this term, with his own outings not really doing much to rectify the team’s slump.

As a result, a return to the Stade Velodrome has previously been mooted and B/R suggest the notion of Les Phocéens making a bid THIS month is not completely out of the question. Still, they also claim it would take an offer of around £35m to even tempt the Londoners into any discussion over the 29-year-old.

Officials in France reportedly believe the Les Blues ace could be tempted to move, though our local West Ham fans believe he is crucial to keeping the club’s head above water.

How vital is it that West Ham keep Payet? Let us know below…

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