West Ham have completed the signing of two-time Premier League winner Samir Nasri.
The 31-year-old Frenchman has been training with the Premier League club and has now put pen to paper on a contract until the end of the season – with the option to extend his deal.
West Ham confirmed the deal on Monday, with Nasri set to wear the No 18 shirt in East London.
It marks a welcome return to top-level action for the former Manchester City and Arsenal star, who has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent times.
He was given a year-long suspension for doping offences but claims he is now ready to rebuild his career under Manuel Pellegrini.
‘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,’ said Nasri.
‘You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs in London.
‘I mean, 60,000 people every game at home. We play in the Olympic Stadium. The training ground is there and you have owners who wants to invest and have a good team. Everything is there to be doing great things.’
The deal sees Nasri reunite with Pellegrini, who coached him to the Premier League title in 2014 while at Manchester City.
After the deal was confirmed, the Chilean manager hailed Nasri’s qualities, saying: ‘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.
‘He already has very good experience of the Premier League and we hope that he will have a positive impact on the team between now and the end of the season.’
Nasri will not make his debut in west Ham’s Premier League meeting with Brighton on Wednesday night but could be involved in their FA Cup third round tie with Birmingham City on Saturday.
Nasri began his career at Marseille, where he made 166 appearances across four seasons before moving to Arsenal in July 2008.
In his first taste of England, he amassed 27 goals and 16 assists in north London before being poached by Roberto Mancini at City.
He helped them pip rivals Manchester United to the title in 2012 before winning the Premier League again under Pellegrini two years later.
Nasri, who has also won 41 caps for France, has also had spells at Sevilla and Antalyaspor.