Transfer headache: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic
The Hammers have been linked with a host of top names this summer but have already missed out on Dutch star Vincent Janssen after he opted to join Spurs as well as Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette despite having a record £31 million bid accepted.
Bilic also failed with a bid to lure Belgian star Michy Batshuayi who instead joined London rivals Chelsea.
A rumoured move for Liverpool's Christian Benteke and talk of bids for Juventus duo Simone Zaza and Mario Mandzukic have gone quiet.
AC Milan's Carlos Bacca celebrates
There were even reports the Hammers were lining up a huge bid for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and further speculation they are after his young teammate Martin Odegaard, as reported by the likes of The Sun.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Trio set for exit under Guardiola's new regime
Guardiola's new era at City has already provided a few outcasts for a number of reasons.
Defender Eliaquim Mangala and striker Wilfried Bony are surplus to requirements with Bony expected to complete a move to Everton or Sevilla.
Manchester City's Samir Nasri
Take a chance on Nasri
As a result the trio look almost certain to depart the Etihad Stadium which could clear a path for West Ham to offer Nasri a return to London.
Nasri could be available at a knock-down price given his much-publicised issues meeting Guardiola's strict diet and fitness requirements.
And at 29 the midfielder would still have a lot to offer on a three or four-year contract.
Nasri and Payet could be lethal together
The pull of Payet
With West Ham moving into their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home it could hardly be seen as a step down either, especially given the Hammers only finished four points behind the Citizens and the Champions League places last season.
And there is also the added carrot of playing alongside fellow Frenchman Dimitri Payet, a midfield pairing to potentially rival anything else in the Premier League.