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West Ham’s recent form means Pellegrini should snub reunion with Nasri

West Ham will make a decision next week on whether to sign free agent Samir Nasri, according to the Evening Standard.

The French playmaker has been banned from football for 18 months for doping but is eligible to play again from January 1, when the winter transfer window opens.

Nasri has reportedly been training with the east London club since November in an attempt to get in shape and impress his former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini and Nasri won the Premier League together with Manchester City in 2012 and it is somewhat understandable that the Chilean has turned to a player he knows so well now that creative influences Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko have suffered long-term injury blows.

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But the Hammers are on red-hot form, combining an increasingly confident possession style with rapid counter attacks to put together a run of four straight wins.

Pellegrini has said that Nasri has lost weight and is improving mentally but a 31-year-old playmaker who has had 18 months out and a notoriously flighty attitude is not what a vibrant, emerging side needs to add next month.

The Hammers made a similar swoop by moving for Patrice Evra last season, but came to realise that experience is not a match for sharpness and speed in the modern Premier League and Nasri would be at risk of suffering the same pitfalls.

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