Nasri closing in on Premier League return - Premier League 2018

Samir Nasri worked with Manuel Pellegrini for three years at Manchester City

Samir Nasri worked with Manuel Pellegrini for three years at Manchester City

In August, Uefa won an appeal for the ban to be increased to 18 months, backdated from July 1, 2017, although Nasri has played since then.

The story suggests that Nasri, who played under Pellegrini at Manchester City, is undergoing a medical prior to signing a short-term contract with the Hammers.

However, according to The Mirror, West Ham have not been left encouraged by the playmaker's current fitness levels and there are doubts over whether Nasri will be available to play in January.

Nasri had the drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic two years ago while he was on loan at Sevilla from City during the 2016/17 season, prompting the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation.

And the former Arsenal midfielder's return to the Premier League will see him reunite with Manuel Pellegrini.

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The Hammers are now missing Jack Wilshere, who signed from Arsenal in the summer but fell victim to yet another injury, and Andriy Yarmolenko, who tore his achilles tendon three weeks ago, ruling himself out for the remainder of the season.

Nasri will be free to resume his playing career once the ban ends at the end of 2018.

Everton manager Marco Silva had discussed a move for the player with his backroom staff but Nasri did not fit the age profile of players that the Merseyside club want to buy.

It is understood that West Ham will bow to wage demands of £80,000 a week, or £5m a year, by Nasri.

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