Modibo Maiga's future is once again in the balance.
With Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all arriving at West Ham this summer, one striker had to be the odd one out.
That proved to be Modibo Maiga. The 27-year-old Malian forward was prolific for Sochaux in France, scoring 24 goals in 59 games, earning interest from Newcastle in the process.
Having been prevented from signing for the Magpies by Sochaux, Maiga refused to play for the club, incurring the wrath of Sochaux fans who completely withdrew their support for their star striker - and when they did finally accept a £7m bid from Newcastle, Maiga failed the medical.
Six months later, Maiga did finally arrive in the Premier League, joining West Ham for around £5m; but his time in East London hasn't been a success.
In 37 games, Maiga has scored just six goals for the Hammers, and after featuring just once for QPR in a loan deal, Maiga was sent back to France, joining Metz on loan after the Ligue 1 side had sold the aforementioned Sakho to Sam Allardyce's men.
Yet the old attitude problems appear to have cropped up again, with Maiga reportedly having a huge bust-up with Metz boss Albert Cartier and even going AWOL at one point earlier this month.
Now, Metz are ready to terminate Maiga's loan deal and send him back to West Ham - but the Hammers don't want him either, and the player's agent has already offered Maiga to two other French clubs, according to speculation in France.
Nice and Bastia are the two clubs in question, but given Maiga's recent problems, they may see him as too much of a divisive figure; which would leave West Ham saddled with a player they have no use for given the success of their strike force this season.