Date: 16th January 2017 at 12:15am
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Marseille are leading the chase for wantaway playmaker and reported Arsenal target Dimitri Payet, with Sky Sports claiming the club’s president ready to meet officials of the Hammers on Monday to discuss a deal.

The 29-year-old Frenchman was not included in the Hammers squad that beat 3-0 on Saturday after revealing he no longer wants to play for Slaven Bilic’s side.

Payet’s comments, as confirmed by Bilic, has put the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille on high alert, with all four clubs understood to be keen on his services.

However, it appears Marseille has stolen a march on their competition, with the club’s president Eyraud set to thrash out a deal for the wantaway international on Monday.

It’s understood Marseille were willing to buy the midfielder but loan him back to for the remainder of the season, but the prospect of this going through is highly unlikely with of the club wiping their feet on a replica Payet shirt and chanting for him to leave as soon as possible.

Arsene has recently hinted that he may not enter the race for the player’s signature this month, but should he change his mind then it is believed will refuse any offer below £30 million for their prized asset.