Payet in limbo


January 21, 2017
Hull City's Michael Dawson (left), and AFC Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at The KCOM Stadium, Hull, England on Saturday. (AP Photo)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left), competes for the ball with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the English Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, on Sunday. (AP Photo)
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward and West Ham United's Andy Carroll (left) battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at the London Stadium, London, on Saturday. (AP Photo)

West Ham travels to Southampton with the fate of star player Dimitri Payet still uncertain after the France midfielder told the club more than a week ago he wants to leave to rejoin Marseille.

Payet would not play against Crystal Palace last weekend, according to manager Slaven Bilic.

"Is his departure inevitable? I don't know," Bilic said. "We are not going to sell our best players on the cheap just because someone wants to sign them or even because they want to go home.

"I left it with the chairman and I'm sure he's going to do the best thing. The ball is in Marseille's court. They are the ones who expressed interest. Now they should act ... like everybody, he has his price."

Two of the teams in the relegation zone have tricky trips to top-four opposition.

Paul Clement takes Swansea to third-place Liverpool today for a daunting second league game in charge of the bottom-place team.

"It does not look hopeless," the former Bayern Munich assistant coach said. "We are one point behind the team outside the relegation zone and not far behind the teams just above that as well."

Sunderland, which is above Swansea on goal difference, is at West Bromwich Albion. Hull is a point further up the standings going into Sunday's game at leader Chelsea.

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