Report: Dimitri Payet hesitates over West Ham transfer, deal still expected on Friday

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French midfielder Dimitri Payet has reportedly stalled over his move to West Ham.

According to Marseille-based newspaper La Provence, playmaker Dimitri Payet has today hesitated over a move to West Ham - but a deal is still expected to go through tomorrow.

Payet, 28, is set to become the latest Marseille player to leave the club, having already lost Andre Ayew to Swansea City and star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac to Mexican side Tigres in a bizarre deal.

The French international is West Ham's top target this summer, and reports from The Independent suggest that an £10.7m fee has been agreed with Marseille to complete a deal for Payet.

Now though, Marseille-based newspaper La Provence reports that Payet has today hesitated over his contract with West Ham - because he is upset by the statement released on the Marseille official website, which stated they had 'no intention' of selling the player, but had left the final decision up to Payet.

The report adds that Payet's deal is still expected to go through, with the contract signing scheduled for Friday morning, as West Ham close in on their third summer signing.

What will Payet bring to West Ham?

The 28-year-old has earned a great reputation in France, impressing with Saint-Etienne and Lille before racking up a whopping 21 assists last season.

Payet can play out wide or as a central attacking midfielder, possessing an eye for the killer pass as well as great dribbling and technique.

That could be ideal for West Ham, who saw their attack struggle in the second half of the 2014/15 season - and Payet will go some way to helping new manager Slaven Bilic in that department.

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