Payet: Joe Cole convinced me to become a Hammer

Payet swapped the south of France for the east end of London after leaving Marseille last summer, and has made a seamless transition to life in the Premier League. His brace against Blackburn Rovers took his 2015/16 tally to nine goals in 26 games, having missed two months of the campaign through injury.

I was lucky enough to play with Joe Cole at Lille. When he talked about West Ham you could tell he was speaking from the heart. It was obvious how much he loved the club. He would talk about how passionate the supporters are, so it wasn’t a complete step into the unknown when I moved here

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Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.