The signing by West Ham of ex-Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is in the balance, after concerns about the fitness of the player.
Nasri, who is serving a 18-month ban on violating the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency on loan from Spanish club Sevilla van City in 2016, was about to sign a short-term agreement with West Ham.
The 31-year-old can resume his career after the January ban and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who knows the player well from his time together in City, wanted to join the former international player of France.
Nasri has been free since the beginning of the month to train with the club of his choice, but a doctor has brought the fitness concerns to the attention. From West Ham it is clear that signing a player who has not played competitive football for almost a year and a half remains a big gamble, especially given his wage demands of up to £ 80,000 per week.
Negotiations are continuing, however, and there is still a chance that the original six-month deal, with a longer option, can take place, subject to a restructuring around gigs and guarantees about the fitness of the player.
It was on holiday in Los Angeles in December 2016 that Nasri received 500 milliliters of hydration in the form of sterile water with micronutrients that exceeded the permissible limit. His contract with Turkish club Antalyaspor, with whom he joined in 2017, was mutually canceled.
Although there are doubts about the suitability of Nasri, there is no doubt about his ability. He won 41 caps for France and seduced Arsenal supporters for three seasons and then City fans, after moving from £ 25 million in 2011.
During his stay at City, Nasri flourished under Pellegrini and was an integral member of the team that picked up the Premier League title in 2014.
Nasri has proven himself to be a winner in the past, but the question is whether he still has the dedication, determination and desire to be a star again in the Premier League stage?
At the age of 31 there will inevitably also be confusion, even among a group of supporters who were glad that they had been told earlier that the club was focusing on younger talent.
The fans who long and hard lobbied for their team to the "West Ham-way & # 39; To play, however, can be strengthened by the preference of Pellegrini for drawing players with proven technical ability and the Chilean should feel that his former protector taps enough boxes to get another chance.