West Ham United have reportedly offered former Manchester City player, Samir Nasri a £80,000-a-week contract for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.
The Frenchman will be eligible to play for the Irons from the New Year after he finishes his 18-month suspension for doping. Nasri last played for Turkish outfit, Antalyaspor for 5 months before terminating his contract with the side.
Nasri used to be a top attacking midfielder in the Premier League but his career has not gone that he would have hoped it would. A switch from Arsenal to Manchester City did earn him a Premier League winner’s medal but his playing time got significantly reduced at the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini is well acquainted to the 31-year-old’s footballing talent, having managed him at Manchester. Nasri spent 5 seasons with the Citizens and his last contract year out on loan with Sevilla.
He does have 41 caps for the France national team but soon dropped out of selection while at Manchester City. Reports claim that Nasri has been training at East London to regain his fitness and even cleared his medical test before signing a deal.
If the veteran is still half the player he was during his younger days, West Ham can benefit immeasurably from this move. Pellegrini is struggling to put a healthy starting XI together with players dropping out with injuries almost every week.
Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko – all are out with long-term injuries and Cheikhou Kouyate was sold off in the summer. Nasri’s addition could offer some creativity on the offensive end.