In what came as shock news, West Ham have been linked with a move for former Man City and Arsenal man, Samir Nasri who is still serving an 18-month ban after violating the World Anti-Doping Agency rules.
The 31-year-old picked up the ban while playing for Turkish side, Antalyaspor and Manuel Pellegrini – who managed the midfielder at City – is keen to bring the former France international to east London.
The deal was held up yesterday following concerns over Nasri’s fitness and with the contract valued at £80,000 a week, it seems a fairly hefty gamble for a player that hasn’t played much football over the last 18 months.
With Declan Rice’s deal still not sorted, it remains to be seen why West Ham are prioritising a deal for a player who’s past his prime rather than a youngster who’s essential to the side.
At one time, Nasri was a top player and one that would’ve added a lot to West Ham but at 31, he’s past his best. Moreover, in Pellegrini’s midfield three, West Ham don’t need a creative player who won’t help out at the back. What they need is a dynamic player who can be effective going forward while also being able to defend and help Declan Rice.
Since Pellegrini has changed the side to a 4-3-3, Rice has blossomed and is starting to become a crucial player at the base of midfield.
The midfielder did admit that he is keen to sign for West Ham but if the club are looking to sign an ageing player to a huge salary, Rice may want to consider his options.
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