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Marseille look set to have the last laugh over West Ham United in the Dimitri Payet story.

Payet became an overnight hero when he lit up the Premier League with West Ham after signing for £10.5 million back in 2015.

His goals, assists and skill put him on course for legend status with the Hammers.

Indeed he is still considered one of the greatest players ever seen by the West Ham faithful.

That is despite the bitter end to his short stay in East London where he effectively downed tools to force a return to Marseille.

West Ham eventually admitted defeat and sold Payet back to the Ligue 1 side for £25 million.

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Payet made prime target for mega money move to China

The fee was considered paltry given Payet’s immense talent and current market values of other top class stars. After all Payet had elevated his game and status to the next level during his time at the club.

Some suspicious fans felt the club had not only undersold Payet but were naive not to include a sell-on clause in the deal with Marseille.

 

Now it looks like the French club will have the last laugh over West Ham and the Payet saga.

That’s because the player is being linked with a mega money move to Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang (France Football).

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Were Hammers owners naive over Payet sale?

France Football report that Dalian Yifang have made Payet their number one target in the January window and are prepared to triple his salary.

The Chinese club are about to appoint former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim as manager.

The report claims Marseille want around £30million for the playmaker. That’s £5million more than the figure they reportedly paid to bring him back from West Ham.

If Payet does move on just two years after leaving West Ham, owners David Sullivan and David Gold will surely regret not inserting a sell-on clause in the deal.

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New heroes emerging

Even a base level 5% sell-on clause would have landed the Hammers an extra £1.5 million. A more typical 10% clause and Manuel Pellegrini’s coffers could have been boosted by £3 million.

They say those who have the last laugh, laugh longest.

But with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski and Marko Arnautovic starring for their team now Hammers fans are not short of players to replace the hero as West Ham’s talisman.

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