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£30m bid accepted + medical ongoing! Payet completes move, announcement imminent

This may be termed as the deal of the winter transfer window as the Arsenal target Dimitri Payet is close to completing a switch.

The French star has told his club of his desire to move away, and reports have it that he is heading to his native club Marseille.

It is believed West Ham would be willing to sell if they receive an offer of about £30m and reports in France on Sunday claimed that West Ham officials will meet the French club’s president, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, on Monday to discuss the transfer, although the player’s long‑term adviser Jacques-Olivier Auguste refused to confirm that when contacted by the Guardian.

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Payet, who signed a bumper £125,000-a-week five-year contract in February 2016, is still expected to be fined by West Ham, although there is a growing recognition that Bilic could be better served with the funds generated from his sale than keeping an unhappy player at the club. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll believes the performance against Palace showed the unity of the squad without their star player.

“I think we have answered a few of the critics, 100%,” he said. “With everything that has been going on during the week and everyone talking it’s been tough, especially as the lads are close to one another. To put all that behind us and work as a team has been fantastic.

“The fans were like the 12th man and were great with their support. It was a great day all round. All the lads were fantastic and professional. They know what it means to the fans and the club. We stuck together and everyone is hungry and dedicated – and it showed in the performance.”

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