Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he tried to sign Dimitri Payet on several occasions but consistently turned his back on the option.
The Arsenal boss claims the France attacking midfielder was “not consistent enough” while in the French League, hence his failure to make a move for him.
Payet has since joined West Ham and had a fantastic season for the Hammers and is currently turning heads at the Euro championship and is the main reason France have emerged as many pundits’ choice for the team of the tournament so far.
Quizzed by Gunners’ fans on Twitter, Wenger was asked if he had ever considered buying Payet, 29, formerly of Marseille, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Nantes.
Wenger replied: “Yes. Often. Very often, I have to say that I asked myself that question during my career.
“And I also have to say that I decided against it because he was not consistent.
“I have never doubted that he had enough talent to play in my team.
“I have been lucky enough in my club to always have very good players in his position and it was crowded!”
Payet hit nine goals in 30 games during his debut term in the Premier League.
And Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic might think keeping the playmaker would be one of the best pieces of business he could do this summer.