Dimitri Payet and Simone Zaza had very different experiences at West Ham United but could set to be reunited.
Payet wrote himself into Hammers folklore.
In fact he was well on his way to being considered a West Ham legend after his brilliant first season during the club’s emotional farewell campaign at Upton Park.
Italian flop Zaza would join him in East London a year later.
If Payet was a roaring success at West Ham, Zaza was the polar opposite.
All parties have moved on but could there be an unlikely reunion?
The former Juventus striker registered just one shot on target in 18 appearances.
He was so bad West Ham terminated his season-long loan with an option to buy just halfway through the season.
And he was shipped out to Valencia.
By that point Payet had infamously downed tools to force his own move away, back to Marseille, thus tarnishing his hero status.
Zaza was transformed in Spain, becoming a key player for Valencia.
All parties have moved on but it now appears the duo could be set for an unlikely reunion.
According to French media outlet RMC, Payet’s Marseille have reached a provisional agreement Zaza about a possible move.
Talks with Valencia about a fee are yet to take place but are expected by the weekend.
It comes after L’Équipe reported that Patrick Vieira’s Nice had a “derisory” bid for the Italian rejected as have FC Porto, who remain interested.
Did West Ham give up on Zaza too soon?
Zaza’s relative success in Spain and the level of interest in his services do beg the question whether West Ham gave up on him too soon.
Very much a confidence player, Zaza actually looked good on his debut.
But it never happened for him in the claret and blue as he become the poster boy for fans venting their frustrations about broken promises and a lack of spending and ambition from the club’s owners.
Hammers fans will watch with interest to see if Payet and Zaza take two is a success.