West Ham United have registered an interest in re-signing midfielder Dimitri Payet from Marseille, that is according to a report from French news outlet L’Equipe via The Guardian.
The 32-year-old previously played for the Hammers between 2015-17 and he excelled during his time in east London, particularly in the 15/16 campaign.
Indeed that year the French international scored 12 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt), helping them finish seventh in the Premier League and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
However, he eventually left to join Marseille after claiming that he had become “bored” of the club’s defensive style of play and that he had “no desire” to play in the lower reaches of the Premier League (The Guardian).
The report suggests that West Ham have not yet made a firm offer for the playmaker, whilst there have also been conflicting reports from Sky Sports which suggest that there isn’t any interest despite L’Equipe’s claim.
Payet has been playing quite well this season, scoring eight goals and providing four assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt). However, it seems that the Hammers supporters are divided on whether they want to see the controversial character return.
Some do want him, suggesting that he would add more quality to the side. However, others are unwilling to forget the way in which he left a few years ago and because of that do not want him back. Here is what some had to say on Twitter…
Would I take him back… we took C.Cole back, we took J.Cole back. we’ve taken Moyes back, we’ve taken Randolph back – I’d take him and Arnie back in a heart beat. Arnie up top with Haller. Payet feeding them… you can’t tell me that hasn’t got goals on it.
— Brutus-Hacksimus (@BrutusHacksimus) January 23, 2020
Why would you want a player who turnt his back on the club & hung his manager out to dry !! Would rather go down than have that Snake back just sums GSB up, surely fans have more morals or is this what our club is coming too, new brigade of Snowflakes !! 😤😡
— Rob (@LOMMERS01) January 23, 2020
He would be terrible in this team
— Paolo (@ellingford_paul) January 23, 2020
Mate he would keep us up.
— 📺 (@Essiere_14) January 23, 2020
I agree. We need him
— Phil Austin (@Phillyref01) January 23, 2020
— Chris Sell (@Chris_sell92) January 23, 2020
Just bring him back. I’m willing to forgive and forget if he is still half the player he was first time round
— Joe Greene (@joegreene2) January 23, 2020
It’s not the solution though. We need to invest properly. We have 0 pace. I think it’s too late already with our remaining games. ⬇️
— Sam Brooks (@Sambrooks90) January 23, 2020
I’d rather be relegated than bring him back.
— Michael Leech (@leechey) January 23, 2020
Went on strike.
Is nearly 33.
— AllSportsView (@AllSportsView) January 23, 2020
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