Former Man City and Arsenal winger, Samir Nasri is on the verge of reuniting with his former manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham.
The Former Arsenal and City man has been reported to join the London Club in the upcoming winter transfer window, due in about 50 days. The former French International has been away from football since early February after he was found guilty of breaching the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) rules in December 2016. Nasri was banned for receiving an intravenous drip of 500 millilitres of water containing nutrients. According to reports, the 31-year old is scheduled to join The Hammers for a 6 month deal in January, where he will be earning £80,000-a-week wage.
Samir Nasri has been a wonderful player for France, Marseille, Arsenal and Manchester City over the years. After his impressive younger days at his hometown club, he moved to London club Arsenal in 2008, for a reported fee of £12 million. After 18 goals in 86 appearances, he later moved to title rivals Manchester City in 2011 for a fee of £25 million.
In his glory days at City, he won two Premier League titles under two different managers in Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini in 2012 and 2014. Nasri was also instrumental in City’s League Cup triumph in 2014.
Nasri moved away from City after 5 seasons, to join Spanish side Sevilla on loan in 2016. However, after a relatively disappointing season at the Andalusian Giants, his contract was not made permanent. Instead he made the switch to Turkish side Antalyaspor in 2017. However, his contract was terminated in February 2018, by mutual consent due to his doping ban.
Samir Nasri’s 6 month ban was increased to 18 months (back dated to July 17) after a hearing, and is scheduled to end in December this year. The French star is currently a free agent and is permitted to start training with any club from November, with permission to play only from January.
West Ham had earlier spent around a £100 million in the summer, roping in players like Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena and Andriy Yarmolenko. After a tough start to the season, which sees them at 13th after 12 games with only 3 victories, their season became worse after losing the later for almost the season, due to an ACL injury. Nasri is expected to slot into Yarmolenko’s place in Pellegrini’s side. He will also be joined by two of his former team mates from Arsenal and City, in Jack Wilshere and Pablo Zabaleta at the London stadium. Given his creative prowess and champion mentality, Nasri can be a valuable addition to the struggling West Ham.
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