With Hatem Ben Arfa free to kick-start his career in January and put a nightmare 18 months at Paris Saint-Germain behind him, the expectation was that he would link up with Claude Puel again at Leicester City.
After all, Puel is one of the few managers to coax consistent genius out of the maverick Frenchman, the winger’s 18-goal 2015/16 season at Nice by far the most impressive of a jumbled career.
And, according to The Mail, Puel’s new employers, Leicester, are indeed interested in handing Ben Arfa the chance to return to England in the New Year. But they are not alone.
Because the report adds that West Ham have been sounded out about signing the former France international, who could be available on loan or let go on a free transfer after failing to play a single game in 2017/18 under PSG boss Unai Emery.
Ben Arfa is hardly the typical David Moyes signing with the Scot renowned for his liking of players who value perspiration as much as inspiration.
But with West Ham struggling near the bottom of the Premier League, and enduring a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Everton on Wednesday night, Ben Arfa’s ability to produce something extraordinary out of very little may go down very well with the frustrated supporters.
As Ben Arfa showed during his mixed spell at Newcastle United, they are few more exciting players in the whole of Europe when at his very, very best.