Well no one saw this coming.
Just a year and a half after Dimitri Payet left West Ham for Marseille in about the most acrimonious way possible, destroying his legacy and receiving a barrage of snake emoji filled tweets along the way, the Guardian has broke the remarkable news that the Frenchman could be on his way back to the London Stadium.
It is understood that Payet’s representatives have asked West Ham whether they would be keen to re-sign him in what would be one of the most remarkable deals in recent Premier League history.
The 31-year-old has allegedly been in contact with some of his former teammates and the Hammers are trying to discover whether or not a deal would be viable, with Payet set to cost more than the £25 million Marseille paid for him in January 2017.
Payet is without doubt one of the most gifted players in West Ham’s modern history; a true Paolo Di Canio like figure who brought genuine quality to East London.
He scored 10 goals and set up another 24 for Marseille last season, too, producing some truly stunning moments as the French powerhouses reached the final of the Europa League.
Yes, Payet would have some serious grovelling to do if this stunning return did happen. But it seems some West Ham supporters would be more than willing to forgive him if he fires in a few glorious free-kicks under Manuel Pellegrini.
Would you want him back? Surely worth it— Billy White (@mchalk99) July 6, 2018
Well he owes us a big apology the way he left. But. If he wants to prove himself and accept that leaving was a big mistake then maybe he will be accepted back into the fold.— Dan Shrouder (@DanShrouder) July 6, 2018
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Wow. What a midfield we could have— Dan Shrouder (@DanShrouder) July 6, 2018
Why would you not want Dimitri Payet back? The stuff he did at West Ham was illegal. Imagine him and Arnie #whufc— Matt Bourne (@mattbourne93) July 6, 2018
Snap their hands off...it’s a no brainier. Ever since he left we have had zero creativity in games. A dead ball specialist too he offers simply too much to be ignored.— Gavlaar (@gavblake14) July 6, 2018