Samir Nasri closing in on Manuel Pellegrini reunion at West Ham

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2018

Samir Nasri is poised to be given a controversial route back into the Premier League by West Ham.

In February, Nasri was given a six-month ban from football by UEFA, for breaching WADA rules in December 2016 by receiving an intravenous drip of 500 millilitres of water containing nutrients.

But West Ham are keen to tie the midfielder to a six month contract which would see him play in the top tier of English football from January next year.

Nasri was a regular at Manchester City under the Hammers manager in their title-winning campaign in 2014.

His contract with the Turkish club was mutually terminated in January, following his doping ban.

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The Hammers are now missing Jack Wilshere, who signed from Arsenal in the summer but fell victim to yet another injury, and Andriy Yarmolenko, who tore his achilles tendon three weeks ago, ruling himself out for the remainder of the season.

It is understood the Frenchman, who is about to return to football following an 18 month doping ban, is now undergoing a medical at the London club.

They also rank 13th for chances created across the division as well as 11th for goals scored which perhaps highlights why Pellegrini is interested in recruiting an attack-minded midfield player of Nasri's ilk.

The Frenchman demanded £5million a year to join West Ham once his drugs ban comes to an end in December, and the parties have come to an agreement on a £95,000 per-week salary.

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