Marseille went back to West Ham with a third bid for Dimitri Payet on Monday – but only increased their offer by 1million euros (£860,000).

It came across as an insult to the Premier League club, who feel Marseille created this problem with wantaway Payet and now will not cough up the cash to end it.

West Ham insiders say the French club are trying to sign the forward on the cheap after they offered £22m last week. That was up from their first offer of only £20m.

Marseille have made no secret about their ambition to sign their former player but behind the scenes are refusing to meet West Ham's £30m asking price.

Jacques-Henri Eyraud, Marseille's president, and Payet's agent Jacques-Olivier Auguste have been in London for talks with West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan previously.