However the Hammers are still demanding at least £30m for Payet, while Marseille have indicated they will not pay more than £25m.
West Ham winger Dimitri Payet is set to get his way this weekend and force through a move to Marseille. West Ham boss Slaven BIlic's apparent change of heart, to get the sale of Payet done so that the Hammers can re-invest the money back into the market this window is understood to have played a key role in this latest development.
The Premier League outfit have held extensive talks with their counterparts at Marseille about the transfer of the wantaway France worldwide.
And according to Sky Sports, both clubs are "miles away" from reaching an agreement for the midfielder.
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Marseille have failed with three previous bids, but have now offered £22m plus £3m in add-ons, while West Ham have dropped their demands of a £35m price-tag to £26m with add-ons. According to reports in France, Marseille have nearly matched the player's € 35 million price-tag having put on the table an offer of € 32 million for the wantaway French star whose partner is already in Marseille alongside the couple's children.
Bilic's side have won five of their last seven league matches, including their last two against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.
There does not appear to be any way back into the first team for Payet at West Ham even if he is forced to remain at the club until the end of the season.
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