The Frenchman has made a storming start to life in England.
The 28-year old has been a revelation since his arrival and has adapted to the Premier League with the utmost ease.
This summer saw Marseille flog a number of key men and Payet admitted to feeling forced out of the club.
"If I was pushed out? In the end, yes,” said the Frenchman, in an interview with L’Equipe.
“The President had said that I would not leave. I was part of a list of players that Marcelo (Bielsa) wanted to keep. But the meeting before the DNCG approached, I felt they were going to ask me to leave.”
The DNCG oversee the accounts of football clubs in France and Marseille’s less than secure financial position meant cashing in on their best players became necessary.
West Ham’s new star also revealed a longing to be back out playing for his old team while watching their recent clash with Paris St Germain.
"… I am a little sad to have left such a club with this stadium and this audience ... I had an extraordinary season - the best of my career.
“When I saw the Classic (PSG vs Marseille), I was a little piqued . I wanted to be on the field.”
West Ham currently sit 6th in the league with eight games gone and after two disappointing results - against Norwich and Sunderland - will be determined to get back to winning ways in Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace.