According to French outlet L’Equipe, West Ham United have registered an interest in bringing back French midfielder Dimitri Payet from Marseille.
The 32-year-old spent 18 months with the Hammers, scoring 15 goals in 60 games, before forcing a return to the Ligue 1 club in January 2017.
West Ham are currently short of creativity in the middle of the park, with Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson out injured, and boss David Moyes claimed after last night’s 4-1 loss at Leicester City that he could look to bring in a playmaker.
Payet has scored eight goals in 19 appearances for Marseille this season and is currently valued at around £13 million.
Will West Ham look to sign him again with the way he went on strike three years ago to force through a £25 million move back to France?
West Ham fans are divided in their opinions over a potential Payet return, though, and here is how some of them have reacted on Twitter:
I think it’s classic agent work https://t.co/5Nr9ccLqb1
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 23, 2020
Pace and fresh legs needed and we look at Payet 🤒🔫
— Bobby LaierJørgensen (@bobbylaier) January 23, 2020
He seems happy there and considering why he left, I can’t see it ever happening
— Ben Gillespie (@ChaseblueLoans) January 23, 2020
A club desperate for identity after selling its soul turning to a snake.
The Academy of Football needs to bring in some youth. Build some identity to get behind. Otherwise it’s all for nothing.
— ___jonnyg (@___jonnyg) January 23, 2020
we need anything we can get at this point
— TheYonderGoat 🐐 (@TheYonderGoat) January 23, 2020
Man I hope we get him 😕😕
— Clad (@CladMussel) January 23, 2020
I don't even care anymore
— John Bird (@johnbird65) January 23, 2020
Dimitri Payet will never return and play for West Ham.
He's still at the club he wanted to return back to. Marseille are currently 2nd, 8 points behind PSG.
We're in a relegation battle.
The Payet ship has well and truly sailed ⛵👋
— Club. West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) January 23, 2020
Payet left last time because he had been lied to and let down by @davidgold & Sullivan. I would welcome him back with open arms. Best player I’ve seen at our club in my lifetime.
— Rich Graham ⚒ (@RichGraham82) January 23, 2020