West Ham United have confirmed their first recruit of the winter transfer window with midfielder Samir Nasri signing for them on a free transfer. The ex-France international had been serving a drugs ban which had kept him out of action over the past 12 months but he has now got the opportunity to revive his career with the Hammers.
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Nasri has penned a short-term contract with the Hammers for the season but the east London club have added the option of a 12-month extension clause which they may trigger, depending on the Frenchman’s progress.
The 31-year-old, who has previously worked under Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, is likely to provide the much-needed back-up in the attack front where the Hammers have already been hampered with Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko sidelined with injuries for the season.
Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez has previously been touted for a potential loan move to Valencia during the winter period but ClaretandHugh have produced an exclusive report indicating that the Hammers have no plans of parting ways with any of the existing players amid the injury crisis which has already hampered the squad in various positions.
West Ham United made a really slow start to the season with no points from the opening four matches and that had presented concerns over the future of Manuel Pellegrini at the helm. However, the club have since managed to transform their fortunes with regular wins and the form of Felipe Anderson, in particular, has been a positive during the opening half of the campaign.
Pellegrini’s side have accumulated 27 points from 20 matches this term and this sees them just outside of the top half of the table. Next up, they are scheduled to host Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night and the focus would be on returning to winning ways after suffering a rather disappointing 2-0 defeat at Burnley during their final game of 2018.