“We’ve got Payet. Dimitri Payet.” The chant is rapidly shifting from one of celebration to one of nervous optimism. Adding the words “for now” might be a more accurate summary.
West Ham co-chairman has admitted that if one of Europe’s elite clubs came calling for the £45million rated star, they could hardly resist their overtures.
Payet scored another goal in France’s progress to the European Championship, winning 5-2 over Iceland, the country that did for England.
And as Payet puts himself in the spotlight against Mr Gold told The Sun : “We’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure Dimitri pulls on a claret and blue shirt next season.
“We want to improve our squad and Dimitri is an integral part of what we’re trying to do. But we also must be realistic. If Barcelona or Real Madrid made a bid and he wanted to move there, it would be difficult to keep him.
“But the phone has not rung yet – although we know there’s a chance it will once the tournament is over. We’re not silly.
“Yet, let me be very clear, we would not welcome a call. The club certainly doesn’t need to sell him.”
Without the Euro players – including Welsh defender James Collins – the touring squad is a tad depleted but they may yet be joined, later in the summer by some more new signings. There has been talk of a big name striker since the Premier League ended but nothing yet.
Mr Golds urged fans to be patient. “There are still two months to go and I would urge all our fans not to get anxious,” he told the club’s website.
“We have already made three new signings and there are a few more to come.
“We should all remain confident that the recruiting team headed by David Sullivan and Slaven Bilic will deliver once again with the players that we need.”
Latest name to be linked to the club is Crystal Palace Yannick Bolasie, although he is a target for a string of Premier League clubs.
James Tomkins is likely to move the other way, to Crystal Palace, according to rumours. He did not travel with the rest of the squad on their glamorous pre-season tour of America which starts in earnest with a match against Seattle Sounders on Tuesday, July 5.
New signings Havard Nordveit and Sogiane Feghouli joined their team-mates for the first time in the sunshine. Nordveit told the club's website : “We start bang on at Chelsea and it can be a good time to play the big teams at the start of the season because maybe they didn’t find their rhythm and we found it already!”
July 5: Seattle Sounders (CenturyLink Field, Washington)
July 12: Carolina RailHawks (WakeMed Soccer Park, North Carolina)
July 28: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg
August 4: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg
August 7: Juventus, Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park