West Ham have made a second bid for Marseille winger Dimitri Payet, as Slaven Bilic attempts to bolster his squad ahead of their final season at the Boleyn Ground.
According to The Telegraph, the Hammers have responded to having their first bid of £12m rejected, by upping their offer to £14m for the 28-year-old.
If the French side do decide to sell, Payet would become the second most expensive signing in the London club’s history after their acquisition of Andy Carroll two years ago.
And he will be hoping he enjoys a more successful career at Upton Park – and perhaps the Olympic Stadium in the future – than the former Newcastle man, should he move to the Premier League. His recent form would suggest that he certainly has the quality to make a serious impact in east London.
Last season, the France international scored seven goals, but more impressively bagged 17 assists in the top flight, which was five clear of the next best player in the division.
His experience in continental football will be especially welcome this year as the club prepare for their upcoming campaign in the Europa League. Adding depth to the squad is a must if their new manager hopes to have any success in the competition while also maintaining a high standard in the league.