Everton considering shock move for former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri with midfielder approaching end of his drugs ban
- Everton are considering making a surprise move for midfielder Samir Nasri
- The former Arsenal and Manchester City man is available on a free transfer
- He is free to train with clubs again from next month when his drugs ban expires
- Marco Silva wants Nasri to provide back up to Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson
Ian Ladyman for the Daily Mail
Everton are considering a move for former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri.
The two-time Premier League winner is able to train with clubs again from next month when his drugs ban expires.
It is understood that Everton manager Marco Silva has discussed the possibility of bringing the former French international back to England with his staff.
Everton are considering a move for Samir Nasri, who is on a free after leaving Antalyaspor
Nasri, 31, is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor in January and keen to return to the league where he enjoyed his greatest success.
The forward is serving a ban after receiving an intravenous treatment at an LA clinic in December 2016 when he was playing for Sevilla on loan from City.
The treatment, taken while on holiday, was for hydration but was found to contain micronutrient components that were on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.
The two-time Premier League winner can train with clubs next month when his drugs ban ends
The Frenchman is accustomed to English football, having played for Arsenal and Man City
Nasri was initially banned for six months but that was subsequently increased to 18 months. He played in Turkey prior to the ban being extended. Nasri spent three years at Arsenal between 2008 and 2011 but enjoyed most success at City where he won the league twice and also the League Cup.
Everton have made a decent start to the season under their new coach Silva and went into the international break on the back of a win at Leicester.
But the Merseyside club are in need of an extra creative player to back up the likes of the Brazilian Richarlison and Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Everton have the Turkish international Cenk Tosun as one of their strikers but the 27-year-old has struggled to settle in England and Besiktas are very hopeful of securing him back on loan in January. Everton paid Besiktas £27m for the Turkish international last January.
Everton boss Marco Silva is a keen admirer of the Nasri and wants to bring him back to England
Silva wants to provide Richarlison (left) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (right) with competition