West Ham United target Florian Thauvin's old comments on Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet of Marseille during the french Ligue 1 match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and AS Monaco at Stade Velodrome on January 13, 2019 in Marseille, France.

West Ham United are said to be keen to snap up Florian Thauvin from Marseille.

Olympique de Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin warms up during the Europa League Media Day at the Robert-Louis Dreyfus stadium on May 8, 2018 in Marseille. (Photo by Boris...

According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham United have made an offer for Florian Thauvin of Marseille.

West Ham are said to have offered £36 million and Javier Hernandez for the French international.

If he did join it would be an intriguing signing, and one which Dimitri Payet may not be best pleased with.


Thauvin and former West Ham man Payet have linked up to good effect at Marseille, with the duo two of the French side’s most creative players.

And Thauvin has previously admitted that he didn’t even think he could get on well with Payet at first.

"I thought that with Dimitri (Payet) we didn't like each other and, in the end, we like each other. If I had let my pride speak, I would not be where I am today. In the end, it was good for both of us,” he said to MaxiFoot.

Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Olympique de Marseille versus Metz on February 2, 2018 at the Velodrome...

If Thauvin did move to West Ham, the London Stadium crowd may hope that he has a similar impact to what Payet did there.

Payet’s exit from West Ham was acrimonious, but he remains one of the most exciting players the Hammers have had in recent memory.

At the moment the Thauvin rumours have to be questioned though.

It seems unlikely that West Ham would be offering up a striker when they are so short, to take another winger, when Manuel Pellegrini’s side are well stocked out wide.

Dimitri Payet of West Ham during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on January 6, 2017 in London, England.

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