Report: Samir Nasri Close to Premier League Return with West Ham United

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Samir Nasri of Manchester City arrives prior to the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri is reportedly closing in on an £80,000-per-week deal with West Ham United, with a medical said to have taken place on Monday.

According to the Evening Standard's Ken Dyer, Everton and several American clubs were also interested in the former France international.

The Mirror's Darren Lewis has reported fitness concerns could still hold up the deal, however.

Nasri is finishing up an 18-month doping ban and will be able to join up with a new club and play by the end of December. He's been allowed to train since November, per the report, and West Ham has moved quickly.

Sportswriter John Brewin couldn't help himself:

John Brewin @JohnBrewin_

Signing Samir Nasri could be the shot in the arm that West Ham need.

Nasri worked under Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini at City, where he was a vital part of his teams. The 31-year-old is seen as a short-term replacement for Andriy Yarmolenko, who is out for the season.

The Frenchman will sign a six-month contract with an option for an additional year. The £80,000 wages are high, prompting football writer Jake Humphrey to wonder how it might impact contract talks with 19-year-old talent Declan Rice:

Jake Humphrey @mrjakehumphrey

Declan Rice when he reads Samir Nasri is signing for WH for 80k a week... https://t.co/BssiaVLr4L

Per Football.London's Sam Inkersole, Rice told the Times he's eager to stay with the east London club, amid speculation linking him with several other teams.

Nasri last played for Turkish side Antalyaspor, but his contract was terminated after the doping ban became official. He played in the Premier League between 2008 and 2016 before leaving City for a one-year loan with Sevilla

Per Lewis he's badly out of shape, raising questions about te deal. Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll have given the team enough fitness concerns already.

West Ham spent big in the summer on the likes of Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Yarmolenko but have fallen short of the expectations so far. They are 13th place in the Premier League standings, having won just one of their last five matches.

With 14 goals scored, the attack ranks in the middle of the Premier League pack, and the hope is the introduction of the creative Nasri could change that. His fitness is a concern, but with his ban yet to end, West Ham have ample time to do their homework.