Samir Nasri celebrates a goal for Manchester City in 2016.
Samir Nasri celebrates a goal for Manchester City in 2016.

West Ham signs banned former Arsenal and Man City star

WEST Ham United has signed free agent Samir Nasri until the end of this English Premier League campaign following the French midfielder's completion of an 18-month doping ban.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder had been training with the Hammers since last month and is free to resume playing from January 1.

"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," Nasri told West Ham's website on Monday (local time).

"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."

West Ham has the option to extend the 31-year-old's deal by a year, the club added.

Nasri's original six-month ban for a drip treatment that contravened World Anti-Doping Agency rules was increased to 18 months in August after an appeal by UEFA's ethics and disciplinary inspector.

Nasri played for Arsenal from  2008-11 and joined City for a spell that included two league titles and a League Cup before he fell out of favour following the arrival of manager Pep Guardiola.

The former France international joined Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long loan in 2016 before sealing a permanent switch to Turkish side Antalyaspor, who he left in January by mutual consent.