It seems that Samir Nasri to West Ham United is more than just gossip column fodder.
With his former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at the helm, it was easy to write off Nasri’s shock links with the Hammers as little more than a grasp at thin air. But latest reports from the Mail suggest there is substance to these rumours after all.
It is claimed that Nasri is in talks over a dramatic return to the Premier League and a reunion with Pellegrini is on the cards.
The 31-year-old has been out of the game since January, when Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor terminated his contract after just eight matches. And free agent Nasri is now hoping to get his career back on track after a six-month drugs ban came to an end.
But, the Mail adds, the former Arsenal and City midfielder will demand £100,000 a week, and £5 million a year, before signing a contract with West Ham.
It is also claimed that Everton were mulling over a deal for the two-time Premier League champion but the Toffees are instead focusing on signing younger players, and it is fair to say that Nasri’s best days are probably behind him now.
Having said that, a stellar 2016/17 spell at Sevilla, during which Nasri shone in La Liga with a series of masterful midfield performances, suggests he still has plenty to offer.