West Ham have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, after the 32-year-old completed a successful trial period with the club.
With his 18-month suspension for doping offenses lifted as of New Year's day, speculation has been rife for weeks that Nasri was close to agreeing a short-term deal with the Hammers.
Reports turned into fact today, however, as the club confirmed in an official statement that the two-time Premier League winner has signed a deal initially until the end of the season, with the option of an extension.
“Coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know. It’s the best job in the world, and I’m really excited about it.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini, who worked with Nasri at Manchester City, added: “I am very pleased to welcome Samir to West Ham United.
"He is a player I obviously know well from our time together at Manchester City and I am happy to be working with him again.
"He has been working very hard here in recent weeks to build up his fitness and condition after a long period without playing, and he is now very determined to return to his best.
“Samir will give us another dimension in our attacking play. He is a very technical player, with excellent quality on the ball, and the ability to create big moments in important matches."