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Marseille accept West Ham offer for Payet

Payet looks set for West Ham. Credit: PA

Marseille have grudgingly accepted an offer from West Ham for forward Dimitri Payet.

Payet, who has played 15 times for France, is expected to arrive at Upton Park on Thursday to undergo a medical and is set to become new manager Slaven Bilic's first major signing since succeeding Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

It's easy to see why Payet is valued so highly. Credit: Oulala

Marseille issued a lengthy statement saying it is "absolutely not their intention" to sell Payet but that they were forced to accept the bid after a dispute with the player and his agent over a new contract.

The French club also claimed that West Ham have offered Payet a "golden bridge" - a six-year contract worth £21.3million - to play in the Premier League.

West Ham unveil new 'Boleyn kit'

West Ham have unveiled the 'Boleyn Kit'. Credit: whufc.com

West Ham will mark their final season at the Boleyn Ground with a special home kit.

The new strip is based on the design that the club wore in their first season at the ground in 1904.

The shirt features a commemorative gold crest with the legend ‘Boleyn Ground 1904-2016’ underneath.

The Hammers will play their home games at the Olympic Stadium from the 2016/17 season.

West Ham's kit will mark their final season at the Boleyn Ground. Credit: whufc.com

West Ham sign Spain Under-21 international

Pedro Obiang, right, has signed for West Ham. Credit: PA

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old is the first player to join the Irons since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the east London club's new manager on Tuesday.

Obiang made 35 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring three goals as the Blucerchiati finished seventh in Serie A to qualify for the Europa League.

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Big Sam proud of achievements as West Ham manager

Sam Allardyce is convinced his successor will have a firm foundation upon which to build as West Ham look for a new manager.

West Ham confirmed Big Sam's departure moments after defeat at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Allardyce's departure after four years was confirmed after Sunday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle following months of speculation that his reign was drawing to a close.

The 60-year-old leaves Upton Park proud of his achievements in returning the club to the top flight and keeping them there, and confident that, even if he has been unable to silence his critics, he has established a basis for future success.

He told West Ham TV:

You've got to look at the facts and look at what we've built with what we've had to spend and how hard we've worked - and I'm not just talking about me, my staff and the players, but the relationship with the owners in terms of how to get that money for recruitment comes from them and their support.

I think we've done great. We've made mistakes but I don't think we've made too many and, in the end, you've got a younger squad for someone else to manage which has learnt an awful lot in the last 12 games, particularly those who were in their first season in the Premier League.

– Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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