Dimitri Payet’s Marseille are in chaos and West Ham United could be well placed to take advantage.
Payet is one of the best players to have graced West Ham.
But his acrimonious departure sullied his name with Hammers fans.
The French wizard effectively downed tools to force a return to Marseille three years ago.
And the truth is West Ham have struggled to replace him since.
Payet lead Marseille to the Europa League final in 2018. And he has helped take the team into the Champions League via runners-up spot in Ligue 1 this term after the French season was cancelled.
West Ham hoping Aldridge connection can help them land Marseille stars
It appears West Ham will be looking to the French market for transfers this summer.
The Hammers snared two of their best signings of the last decade – Payet and Issa Diop – from Ligue 1 and feel they can get the best value from across the Channel.
Given the financial implications of the global health crisis, West Ham may have limited funds.
So value for money will be key.
According to a report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport recently, West Ham are hopeful of using their connections with the club’s former chief executive Paul Aldridge to help sign targets from Marseille.
Marseille have been in financial difficulty for some time. And Aldridge has been specifically appointed to oversee the sale of players to Premier League clubs.
Sanson, Thauvin and Kamara on Moyes’s radar – reports
Marseille are said to be willing to accept as little as £20m for ex-Newcastle flop Thauvin to avoid losing him for free as he enters the last year of his contract (RMC).
The Hammers were quoted £30m for Sanson in January. But the midfielder is also said to be available for a knockdown price of just £19m in the next window (Le 10 Sport).
And according to an exclusive report from the Sunday Express last month, Moyes wants another Marseille star, young centre-back Boubacar Kamara.
Well the Hammers could be well placed to take advantage as Marseille have been thrown into chaos this week.
Marseille thrown into chaos and Hammers could take advantage
Zubizarreta, pictured on the at the top of this story, was the man who brought Payet back to Marseille from West Ham.
In January, Villas-Boas had publicly supported his Spanish colleague who had arrived at the club in 2016, three years before the Portuguese.
However, the appointment of former West Ham CEO Aldridge as “special adviser” at the club was seen as an encroachment on the Spaniard’s duties.
“I came here, one, due the size of the club, and, two, for Andoni Zubizarreta. I have already said that my future is intimately linked to his future,” said Villas-Boas in January, as reported by beIN Sports.
RMC Sport also claim Villas-Boas is ‘very unhappy’ with the situation and may leave.
It comes as Marseille owner Frank McCourt continues a cycle of selling assets (Get French Football News).
No doubt West Ham co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and manager Moyes will be watching with interest how the situation develops.