West Ham are interested in bringing back Dimitri Payet, according to L’Equipe.
Payet, 32, developed into one of the Premier League’s most talented midfielders with the Hammers between 2015-17.
The French schemer hit 12 goals and grabbed 15 assists in 2015/16 to help West Ham to a seventh place finish.
Payet left for Marseille for £25million in January 2017 after Slaven Bilic revealed the player did not want to play for the club and was pining over a return to France.
Now though, the French publication report that the Hammers have explored the possibility of bringing Payet back.
Former West Ham chief executive Paul Aldridge has recently been appointed by the Ligue 1 title hopefuls, and that link could help David Moyes reunite the controversial Payet with the Hammers faithful.
Aldridge has apparently been appointed as “head of selling players to England” by Marseille, according to Get French Football News.
The report claims OM boss Andre Villas-Boas would be loathed to lose Payet, and OM would only get around €15m for him with two and a half years left on his contract.
They would however get one of their biggest earners of their wage bill and president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, who received a death threat on social media after appointing Aldridge, said: “There will be no departures this winter except offers that you cannot refuse.
“To weaken the team is not our intention and never has been.”
The possible sale of Payet though would be softened by the return of Florian Thauvin, who is close to a return absent since the beginning of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.
Payet is enjoying a fine season in Ligue 1 and has scored eight goals and grabbed four assists in all competitions with OM in second place in the league.