Inside the Window: Dimitri Payet Could Yet Leave West Ham Despite Club Stance

Dean Jones@DeanJonesBRFootball Insider at Bleacher ReportJanuary 11, 2017

Inside the Window: Dimitri Payet Could Yet Leave West Ham Despite Club Stance

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    A couple of big clubs have been active in the January transfer window, as Real Madrid's 18-year-old prodigy Martin Odegaard switched to Heerenveen on an 18-month loan and Bayern Munich allowed defender Holger Badstuber to move to Schalke for the rest of the season.

    There are still plenty more players looking for the right move to give their career a boost in 2017, though.

    Inside the Window is the column in which B/R Football Insider Dean Jones stays on top of all transfers to break stories, report the latest information on rumoured moves and provide fresh insight on potential deals.

    In this latest report, we focus on Dimitri Payet, Saido Berahino and Gabriel Barbosa, while also looking into potential deals involving Celtic, Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dimitri Payet's Loyalty to Be Tested

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    Marseille are hopeful Payet could yet be tempted away from West Ham United.

    The French side believe Payet is becoming increasingly agitated with the club's direction, as their form has nosedived this season.

    His own performances have also dipped, and now Marseille officials believe he may be willing to leave the Hammers.

    It is possible the Ligue 1 club will test the water by making an offer this month, but according to B/R sources, it would take a bid of at least £35 million to tempt the West Ham board into any discussion.

    Publicly there is a firm "not for sale" sign on Payet. However, his decline in form means his value is likely to decrease by the summer transfer window.

    One reason West Ham may hold firm over Payet this month is a concern they would not have time to reinvest the cash.

Saido Berahino Decision Could Go to the Wire

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    No transfer window feels complete without mystery surrounding Berahino's future.

    So it is comforting that, once again, there is confusion about where the forward will be playing by the end of the month.

    My understanding of the situation is that Stoke City are interested in signing Berahino, but as of yet there has been no firm offer.

    The forward will be out of contract at West Bromwich Albion at the end of this season, and the Baggies have made a new offer to the player.

    It would seem a good time for Berahino to finally leave and reboot his career, though, with Crystal Palace and Everton also monitoring his situation.

    The 23-year-old has made just three Premier League starts this season.

Fulham Look Towards Lewis Grabban in Striker Hunt

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    Fulham are continuing their search for a new striker and will sound out Bournemouth over Lewis Grabban's availability.

    Brighton also want to sign him, so the two Championship sides are expected to battle for his signature if the Cherries agree to let him leave on loan.

    Grabban is in his second spell at Bournemouth, but since heading back last January, he has struggled to make an impact.

    Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic will sign a new forward this month and is determined to ensure he gets a man with the exact traits to suit his side's style of play.

    Grabban has a good Championship record with 35 goals from 90 appearances and should prove a realistic target as he has not featured in the Premier League for Bournemouth since August.

    Fulham are also looking for a central defender but have been knocked back after enquiring about a loan deal for Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala.

Egyptian Club Al Ahly in Bid to Sign Striker

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    Egyptian club Al Ahly are trying to sign Souleymane Coulibaly from Kilmarnock.

    The Ivorian forward has scored eight times in the Scottish Premiership this season, and contact has now been made to take him away from Rugby Park.

    Coulibaly, 22, spent time at Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager but struggled to break through. He also spent one season with Peterborough United.

    Kilmarnock knocked back an initial approach of £250,000 from Al Ahly, but the Egyptian side are expected to return with an increased offer.

Celtic Offer for Fenerbahce Defender

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    Celtic have made an opening offer for Fenerbahce full-back Hasan Ali Kaldirim.

    The Scottish Premiership side have been linked with him since last summer, per the Daily Record's Carl Askew.

    It seems that interest will finally pay off, as I am told that formal negotiations are now open to take the player to Celtic.

    One factor that could yet prove problematic is that a couple of Premier League sides have also been tracking him. Contact has been made with a representative from two clubs, but so far neither has taken the interest further.

    Kaldirim, 27, is an attack-minded defender and a Turkey international. He has played 18 times for his country.

Inter Striker Gabigol Could Become Available

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    When Gabriel made a €29.5 million switch to Inter Milan last year, it seemed a sign of intent.

    Yet five months on from that transfer, the Brazilian forward could become available for a high-profile loan switch after failing to make a breakthrough.

    He has played only 21 minutes of football this season, and one reason for that is he is still adapting to the culture of Serie A.

    However, the player is keen to improve his game time, and other clubs in Italy are already making enquiries about his potential availability.

    A transfer to the Premier League was mooted before he joined Inter, with Liverpool and Leicester City keen, and while it is unlikely he will now move to England, West Ham could become an option as their striker search intensifies.

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