Report: West Ham could finally sign Lassana Diarra - but would have to give up Dimitri Payet

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet applauds the fans at the end of the match

Marseille are reportedly plotting to offer Lassana Diarra to West Ham United in a part-exchange deal for Dimitri Payet.

According to L'Equipe (Press Reader), Marseille are willing to offer up midfielder Lassana Diarra in a move to re-sign West Ham United playmaker Dimitri Payet.

Marseille sold Payet, 29, to West Ham in the summer of 2015, and the French international dazzled last season with nine goals and 12 assists in the Premier League.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet applauds the fans at the end of the matchWest Ham United's Dimitri Payet applauds the fans

The playmaker went on to star for France at Euro 2016, and whilst West Ham managed to keep hold of their prized asset, his future has been brought into question as a result of the Hammers' poor displays.

With West Ham languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, Payet has been linked with a departure – and the strongest links are to his former club Marseille.

France's Lassana Diarra after the matchFrance's Lassana Diarra

Now, L'Equipe (Press Reader) report that Marseille are not only willing to offer between €30m and €40m (£25m and £34m) for Payet, but are also willing to throw Lassana Diarra into the deal as a makeweight.

Diarra, 31, is one of the highest earners at the Stade Velodrome, and Marseille are prepared to let him go in a move for Payet – and this is far from the first time that Diarra has been linked with West Ham.

The Frenchman was training with West Ham in February 2015, but then-manager Sam Allardyce told BBC Sport that a deal had been blocked, and the deal wasn't resurrected later in the year.

West Ham could now be given the chance to finally sign their former trialist, but bringing in a veteran holding midfielder plus money for one of the Premier League's top playmakers doesn't sound like a good deal for the Hammers, and Marseille may have to offer up much more if they want to re-sign Payet this month.

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