Eyebrows were raised on Monday when it was revealed that West Ham United would be taking a chance on ex-Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri.
The 31-year-old has been out of the game for 18 months following a suspension for breaching World Anti Doping Agency rules. Nasri was injected with a intravenous drip of 500 millilitres of water containing nutrients, which first saw him handed a six-month ban before an extra year was added to it.
As such, we haven’t seen him in action since November 2017 for Turkish Super League side Antalyaspor and he featured just eight times during his final season with Man City when current Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini was in charge. His last moment of any note in England saw him sent off for Sevilla against Leicester City in the Champions League.
Still, that hasn’t stopped West Ham from snapping him up on a short-term £80,000-a-week contract, that he is set to sign in the new year when his ban has concluded. Meanwhile, the club are shirking at the idea of giving one of their top talents and potential future captain Declan Rice £30,000-a-week.
In truth, it’s West Ham all over.