According to Sky Sports, Samir Nasri is set to a sign a short-term contract with West Ham United as he approaches the end of his 18-month ban for receiving an intravenous treatment in 2016.
Nasri last played competitive football in November, turning out for Turkish club Antalyaspor. Since then, however, he has been banned from playing or training with any professional outfit.
Now, the 31-year-old looks set to sign with the Hammers, meaning he shall reunite with manager Manuel Pellegrini, whom he played under at Manchester City.
The attacking midfielder is undoubtedly a talented player and could perhaps still impress in the Premier League. Signing him is certainly a risk, though, especially as he’d be joining a dressing room at the London Stadium already full of big characters.
In Marko Arnautovic, the Irons already have one combustible figure in their squad, and the introduction of a player such as Nasri could disturb the squad harmony in east London. What’s more, the presence of the 41-cap former France international could prevent others in the squad from getting the game time they deserve.
Exciting youngster Grady Diangana and the hard-working Robert Snodgrass could both see their minutes on the pitch cruelly curtailed by the arrival of Nasri, which would be harsh given the progress of the latter, and how the former has gone from being a youth star to an effective first-team starter.
West Ham would be better off sticking with what they already have at their disposal rather than rolling the dice on the two-time Premier League winner. Especially as the Frenchman could wind up doing more harm than good to the Hammers’ cause.