- Samir Nasir was banned from football after a drug violation of the World Anti-Doping Code
- Nasir's ban from the game is due to end in December
- A number of clubs had earlier lined up a move for the Frenchman, but West Ham United are now seen as his prime destination
Former Arsenal star Samir Nasir has reportedly undergone a medical at West Ham United ahead of his emotional return to football after serving an 18-month ban from the game.
Nasir was found in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code and Uefa’s doping regulations while on holiday in Los Angeles in December after intravenously receiving 500 millilitres of sterile water containing nutrients.
His ban is scheduled to close at the end of December. Reports suggesting the former France midfielder has been free to train at West Ham, Briefly.co.za gathered.
According to reports, the Hammers intend to hand Nasir a six-month contract, with an option for a longer deal.
Should the deal see the light of day, the 31-year-old will once again have the opportunity of playing under Manuel Pellegrini, under whom he played some of the best football of his career at Manchester City.
Prior to his imminent move to West Ham, a number of clubs including Everton and several in the US had lined up a move for the midfielder.
However, his KSh1 million-per-week salary demands ruled out some potential suitors before West Ham came calling.
During his active playing time, Nasri was an almost ever-present member in Pellegrini’s Premier League-winning team of 2014, scoring one of the goals in City's 2-0 win over West Ham to claim the title.
He was most recently with Turkish side Antalyaspor and had his contract mutually terminated when he received the drugs ban.
Nasri started his career with French Ligue 1 side Marseille before moving to the Premier League with Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.
He later signed for Man City where he won the English Premier League at an instant under Roberto Mancini before adding a second one under Pellegrini.
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