Dimitri Payet may have finalised his move back to Marseille, but news has emerged that he was actually the subject of a last-minute hijack attempt from Spanish club, Sevilla. 

According to French paper L'Equipe, via ​Marca, Payet was wanted at the last hour by the club's sporting director Monchi, who was prepared to try and scupper his move to Marseille.

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The enquiry was thought to be in regard to a loan move, with the option to purchase at the end of the current season.

The former West Ham bad boy has been sold on for £25m after Hammers officials originally claimed that the 29-year-old would be kept in a bid to prove that no player is bigger than his club, in a statement released on their ​official website.


The Frenchman infamously went on strike at the beginning of the month, much to the rage of the West Ham faithful, who idolised their star man after a terrific Premier League campaign last season.

Since he got back from the Euro 2016 though, Payet had cut a subdued figure on the Hammers' left side, and failed to hit the same heights of the 2015/16 season, prompting many to call into question his attitude and desire.

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Where Sevilla are concerned, missing out on Payet is thought to represent their final activity this window, after having already successfully signed Clement Lenglet, Stevan Jovetic and Walter Montoya.

Jorge Sampaoli's men have been going fantastically in La Liga this season, lying just four points behind leaders Real Madrid, who up until recently were unbeaten.​