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Pellegrini hopes to add ace Nasri


Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he hopes to sign Samir Nasri in January and insisted Marko Arnautovic is going nowhere.

Midfielder Nasri, who played for Pellegrini at Manchester City, is training with the Hammers to build up his fitness following an 18-month doping ban.

Pellegerini needs reinforcements to his injury-hit West Ham squad and he will offer Nasri a contract if the 31-year-old Frenchman can get up to speed.

"Samir Nasri is working here with us," said Pellegrini.

"It's a long time that he had his ban but we are giving him a hand to return to football.

"I hope that from now until the end of the year he will be fit, and if that is the case we will try to keep him here at West Ham."

Arnautovic, meanwhile, is the subject of fresh transfer speculation after his brother and representative hinted during the international break that the Austrian forward, 29, should be at a club higher up the table.

But Arnautovic is a key figure at West Ham with five goals to his name this season and Pellegrini is determined not to lose him. "He is a West Ham player because he has a contract here, he is happy here," said Pellegrini.

"Every player always wants to play in the biggest team but I don't think that Marko is thinking about that. He is thinking about West Ham and he tries to make his best performance in every game."