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Nasri close to sealing West Ham switch

Filed: Monday, 12th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are set to announce the capture of a player who is currently suspended as a result of a doping violation - on an £80,000 per-week contract.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been out of football since being handed a six-month ban by FIFA in Fabruary 2018, after he was discovered to have received an intavenous drip for performance-enhancing purposes in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules.

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At the beginning of the current season Nasri's ban was extended by an additional 12 months following an appeal by UEFA's ethics and disciplinary inspector - although his ban is due to end in January 2019 as it was backdated to July 2017.

And despite his troubled past, West Ham are on the verge of signing the troubled 31-year-old - who recently agreed to mutually terminate his latest contract with Turkish club Antalyaspor - on a free transfer in order to reduce the club's crippling injury problems.

Nasri, who underwent a medical earlier today will be free to join and take part in training at West Ham with immediate effect, although he will be unable to take part in competitive matches until January.

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The former French international previously worked under current Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini when the pair were employed by Manchester City; he is set to sign a short-term deal with West Ham worth in the region of £80,000 per-week.

Pellegrini has already seen his midfield seriously weakened with the loss of summer signings Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko, whilst Manuel Lanzini is not expected to return before the end of March at the earliest.

On the bright side Mark Noble, who has miised the last three matches through suspension and Jack Wilshere, who has been sidelined for several weeks following recent surgery could both be back in contention for the visit of Manchester City next week.

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