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Nasri deal in the balance

Filed: Tuesday, 13th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's attempts to capture Samir Nasri on as short-term contract are in serious doubt after concerns regarding his fitness were flagged.

Despite having undertaken a medical on Monday, signing the former French international is considered to be a major risk. It is felt that his capture would represent a huge gamble given that he has played no competitive football since August 2017.

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Although negotiations continue, West Ham feel that Nasri's demands - said to be in the region of 80,000 per week - are excessive. And whilst the club have offered a six-month deal, the player is seeking a longer contract.

Nasri was banned from football in February 2018 for six months after it was ascertained that he had taken a performance-enhancing stimulant during a loan spell at Seville in 2016. That ban was later extended to 18 months upon appeal, but backdated to July 2017.

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The 31-year-old midfielder previously played under current West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, and was part of the Citizens squad that won the Premier League in 2014 alongside Pablo Zabaleta.

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