Former West Ham United centre-back Jose Fonte confirmed via his official Instagram account on Sunday night that he was looking for a new club after his contract with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang had been terminated, and Irons fans were quick to react to the news.
The Portugal international only left the east London outfit for Asia in February after finding himself out of favour under David Moyes, but his short spell in China has already come to an end.
The 34-year-old moved to the London Stadium from Southampton in January 2017, but he never really made a positive impact and he seems unlikely to return to the capital given Manuel Pellegrini has released James Collins and signed two younger defenders in Issa Diop and Francisco Balbuena.
These West Ham supporters, who have urged Pellegrini to make a shock swoop for a Chelsea midfielder this summer, took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “Fonte is well past his best now”, another disagreed and said “I would take him back”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Fonte terminates his contract in China. Would defo take him back
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) July 15, 2018
Leave it out
— Tom Donovan (@TomDonno) July 15, 2018
— Graham Smith (@graham_smith69) July 15, 2018
Fonte is well past his best now. Zero pace and unreliable. Move on.
— James Hodgkins (@JPH_WHU27) July 15, 2018
No. Rather have ginge.
— Ricky Mackie (@RickMack2906) July 15, 2018
No, far too slow now. Would rather have Collins if we are going that old.
— Tom Pearson (@TomPearson8) July 16, 2018
Yes I would take him back
— Brad (@BradHellyer1) July 15, 2018
For a freebie defo
— Raymondo (@raythehammer) July 15, 2018