West Ham should swerve move for Samir Nasri

According to The Mirror, West Ham United are considering an approach for former Arsenal and Manchester City attacker Samir Nasri.

What’s the story?

Nasri has served an 18-month suspension after breaking doping laws for receiving an intravenous drip in 2016.

The 31-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, and according to The Mirror, West Ham are considering an approach for the Frenchman.

Nasri has been without a club since mutually terminating his contract with Antalyaspor in January, but is now looking for a route back into the game.

The 31-year-old spent three years with Arsenal between 2008 and 2011, before joining Manchester City, where he made over 170 appearances.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is said to be eyeing a reunion with Nasri, but West Ham should swerve a move for the attacker.

Why should West Ham forget Nasri?

There is absolutely no question that Nasri is a talented footballer. To be honest, that has never been in doubt. His reputation has been damaged over the last year, however, and the swoop would be more trouble than its worth.

Nasri managed 27 goals in his 125 appearances for Arsenal, but aside from a strong 2013-14 campaign, where he managed 11 goals in all competitions, the attacker found it difficult to show his best form for Man City.

He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Sevilla, scoring three times in 30 appearances ahead of a move to Antalyaspor, which lasted just five months.

Pellegrini knows Nasri’s qualities having worked with him at the Etihad Stadium, but it would take a fair few months for the Frenchman to get himself match fit, and Manuel Lanzini will be closer to a return at that point.

Nasri is a talented player, but West Ham would be better off looking elsewhere.