West Ham have struggled for consistency so far this season and are battling to find their feet under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini.
The former Manchester City coach splashed in excess of £100m during the summer transfer window to rejuvenate the squad and, despite some positive signs, further investment looks necessary in the New Year.
It seems West Ham are looking to save some funds by bolstering their depth with a move for former Arsenal and Manchester City man Samir Nasri, who has been tipped to join the Hammers on a free transfer in January.
Returning from an 18-month suspension, Nasri’s potential move to the London Stadium certainly raises some eyebrows and some fans have connected the dots between the potential signing and the inability to secure Declan Rice to a new contract.
The 19-year-old has become a vital asset for the East London side and plenty of fans made it clear they would prefer to secure the future of their academy graduate over signing another veteran.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
@davidgold Mr Gold don't you think we should be sorting out Declan rice contract out instead of chasing up some 80 grand a week has been who by all accounts is totally unfit take him about 3 months to get up to speed
— steve hill (@steve5705) November 13, 2018
@davidgold secure rice contract 1st before doing this punt at a has been who has been disruptive everywhere he has been for silly money. Secure our future players 1st please
— Paul Forrest (@gumpy06) November 12, 2018
— Harrison Wilks (@HarrisonWilks) November 12, 2018
— Ol (@UlvisWHU) November 12, 2018
So we’re willing to pay Nasri 4-5 million a year yet we’re stalling on Rice’s contract? Great logic.. @davidgold
— Ben Smith (@bensmith_95) November 9, 2018
I think the most annoying part about this Nasri transfer is that we easily give him 75/80k p/w yet still won't give Declan Rice what he wants. I just don't understand the logic.
I would happily not take Nasri so that Rice gets 40k a week.
— Ashley. (@AshleyWHUFC) November 12, 2018
Signing Samir Nasri would be a decent option for us in the midfield. But a new contract given to Declan Rice would be even better.
— Vish Narayan (@VishNarayan5) November 12, 2018
Rushing to sign Nasri on £80k a week and stalling over Rice’s new contract???? the circus is back in town ???? #WHUFC
— Alex Bicknell (@AlexBicknell89) November 12, 2018
The potential signing of Nasri is clouded by the clubs incompetence in agreeing a new & deserved deal with Declan Rice.
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) November 12, 2018