Irons must cough up £10m for wantaway Cisse
PUBLISHED: 16:08 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010
West Ham have been told they must stump up the cash to land France striker Djibril Cisse.
By JONATHAN CLEGG
WEST Ham have been told they must stump up the cash to land France striker Djibril Cisse.
Cisse is desperate to secure a move back to England this summer and has instructed his agent to negotiate with Premier League clubs.
The Hammers are keen on signing the 26-year-old, who spent two seasons with Liverpool, but Marseille president Pape Diouf says he will have the final word on the player's future.
And Diouf has told the Upton Park club to forget about signing Cisse on the cheap.
West Ham are willing to pay up to £4million for the forward but Marseille are understood to want more than twice as much - after slapping him with a £10m price tag.
"I have read that Djibril wants to leave for England but he is still under contract with us," said Diouf.
"As a consequence he is not the one who decides, but the club."
"I am the master of the game. Besides, Djibril did not tell us about his desire to leave so for the moment he stays."
Despite Diouf's fighting talk, Marseille will struggle to hang on to Cisse after the forward revealed that he has set his heart on a return to the Premier League.
Cisse remains under contract at the Stade Velodrome for a further two years but is anxious for a second crack at the top flight in England following two mixed years at Anfield.
Cisse, who was a late omission from the France squad for the European Championships, said: "It's my wish now to be back in England.
"I had a good time in Marseille, but I really want to come back.
"I think if you are quick and strong - physically and mentally - you can do something in England.
"I want to prove to everybody that I am a good player."
West Ham approached Marseille about a deal for Cisse last summer but the player was reluctant to quit French football while he still harboured hopes of making the national squad for the Euro 2008.
But he is now willing to make the switch to Upton Park after instructing his agent Ranko Stojic to complete a deal to return to the Premier League.
"Djibril's main priority is to come back to England," Stojic said.
"He is very motivated to play in the Premier League again.
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