West Ham United are reportedly preparing to report Dimitri Payet's former club Marseille for 'tapping up' the player in recent weeks in a fresh plot twist of the transfer saga.
The French international has gone from hero to villain at the Hammers after the star has refused to play for the club since the new year after informing boss Slaven Bilic that he wishes to leave for 'personal reasons', and was reportedly keen for a return to former side Olympique de Marseille back in his native France.
And according to the Mirror, just days after turning down a transfer bid of around £20m for the midfielder from the Ligue 1 side, West Ham are reportedly keen to report Marseille for tapping up their player, blaming them for Payet's reasons behind demanding a move away from east London.
The report will be handed over to football's governing body FIFA, where an official investigation is expected to take place.
West Ham believe that Marseille have been making contact with their player behind closed doors and without their knowledge, promising him certain luxuries and deals without first consulting his parent club, which is believed to have swayed the player into making a seemingly rash decision to refuse to play and train with his teammates.
Marseille have been eager to bring back the playmaker following their takeover from US businessman Frank McCourt in October, who has promised to provide the funds to push the club back to the top of French and European football.
Slaven Bilic on reports Marseille are preparing third offer for Dimitri Payet: "The ball is in their court. Now they should act" #WHUFC— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 19, 2017
So far however, the former Ligue 1 champions have fallen short of West Ham's evaluations of their star man, with the club keen to receive at least £30m should he depart in the current transfer window.