Standout among the hottest properties at Euro 2016 is Dimitri Payet.
The West Ham United schemer has been in searing form for his country this summer, bagging his third goal of the tournament in France’s 5-2 obliteration of Iceland last time out.
Unsurprisingly, Payet’s sensational showings have attracted attention from elsewhere, with Real Madrid and Inter Milan among the game’s heavyweights to have been credited with an interest in the Reunion-born attacker.
Despite the calibre of suitor casting glances, insistences from inside the Irons ace’s camp state he’s happy where he is, but skittish supporters will require more concrete assurances than that.
For some, the only way they’ll accept their talisman is going nowhere will be when the transfer window closes and he’s still donning claret and blue, but for those whose fears are appeased much easier, just pray he keeps scoring.
With three goals to his name, Payet is one of three players left in the competition who are one strike shy of Golden Boot pace-setter Antoine Griezmann.
If the Hammers star can overhaul his Atletico Madrid-based countryman, fans can be confident he’ll remain at West Ham as Euros top scorers nigh-on never switch stables directly after snaring the shiny shoe.
In total, 11 players have either claimed the prize outright or shared it with peers across the past five tournaments.
Of those, just three moved clubs in the weeks after their chart-topping exploits.
Two of those were Alan Shearer. leading goal-getter at Euro 1996, and Savo Milosevic, who shared the gong with Patrick Kluivert four years later.
So there’s just one of the last 11 Euros Golden Boot winner/sharer who moved clubs after being crowned the competition’s top scorer. This was Mario Mandzukic, who transferred from Wolfsburg to Bayern Munich ahead of the 2012/13 campaign.
One more goal may be enough for Payet to get a slice of the leading marksman gold that suggests he’ll stay at West Ham this summer.