West Ham have made ambitious moves in this transfer window with players such as Javier Pastore and Felipe Anderson targeted. Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to improve his attack, but has had no such luck yet with Pastore opting to join AS Roma while a deal for Anderson looks to be far from completion. As a result, Pellegrini could now turn to a former Hammer in his search for a new forward.
In what would be arguably one of the stories of the summer, the Guardian reports Dimitri Payet could be heading back to West Ham after the Frenchman’s representatives offered the east London club the chance to re-sign their client.
Payet, of course, left the London Stadium in an ugly manner when he handed in a transfer request and refused to play during West Ham’s 2016/17 campaign under Slaven Bilic before being sold to Marseille.
Given how things ended between Payet, the club and its supporters, it would be understandable if the latter were not open to the France international’s return.
However, West Ham fans know better than anyone else just how good Payet is and what he can bring to a team.
Payet, who is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, was pivotal in the Hammers’ successful 2015/16 Premier League season where the club secured Europa League qualification after finishing 7th. The 31-year-old is a great crosser of the ball, long-shot specialist, set-piece expert and an overall threat in any given attacking situation on the pitch.
With Payet in the starting XI, West Ham always looked capable of scoring. If there is any chance of bringing him back to the London Stadium, then the West Ham higher-ups must go through with it.