West Ham United are reportedly reluctant to extend Samir Nasri’s stay at the club.
Nasri has impressed when he has featured for the Hammers since signing in January.
The problem is he has only managed six appearances in that time.
Persistent injury problems have prevented Nasri from making a case for the Hammers to extend his stay.
Proven quality but not fitness
Many fans feel he is worth a second chance next season given the quality he possesses.
But according to a report from West Ham website Claret & Hugh, that is now unlikely.
That is despite Manuel Pellegrini being a huge advocate of Nasri remaning in East London.
If true, the decision seems somewhat strange given the Frenchman would not cost the Hammers anything in fees and Pellegrini has a tight base transfer budget of just £30 million to work with.
Is Pellegrini lining up alternatives?
So does that suggest the Chilean has other irons in the fire?
Pellegrini has been linked with a host of players already.
According to reports he is targeting two strikers, a box-to-box midfielder and fullbacks.
Two midfielders linked this week are Real Betis’s Victor Camarasa – who has impressed on loan at Cardiff City this season – and AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu.
West Ham interest in £25million rated Milan star – report
Camarasa is unsure what his future holds ahead of next season, according to reports in the Spanish media.
The on-loan Cardiff City midfielder has been linked with West Ham. But he does not know where he will be playing next season during an interview with Radio Marca (via El Desmarque).
Calhanoglu has been a regular for Milan and Turkey this season and is available for around £25million with West Ham said to be interested (Calciomercato).
Obviously it is very early days and the window is not even open yet.
But given West Ham’s season is over bar playing for pride Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos can start planning ahead for the summer.