English football is set to welcome back French playmaker Samir Nasri, one of the players who contributed to a new era of success at Manchester City.
The 31-year-old is currently serving a doping ban, but with that up in December of this year, he’s keen on a quick return to football and is undergoing a medical at West Ham today, the London Evening Standard reports.
Nasri will sign a short-term deal worth around £80,000-a-week and his move to the London Stadium will mean a reunion with former teammate Pablo Zabaleta and former manager Manuel Pellegrini, who he played some of his best football under.
The Frenchman’s ban isn’t up until December, meaning he will not be eligible to play when West Ham host his former club City on 24 November.
Samir was one of the first casualties of the Pep Guardiola era, going on loan to La Liga’s Sevilla in 2016-17 before making a surprise move to Turkish side Antalyaspor, which lasted just half a season before his contract was mutually terminated.
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. Then, in August, his ban was extended by a further 12 months.