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Opinion bullies have got it wrong over West Ham's move for Samir Nasri

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West Ham United could be set to pull the plug on a move for Samir Nasri but opinion bullies have got it all wrong.

West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for out of contract midfielder Nasri.

The Daily Mail reported at the weekend that the former France star wanted a £5m-a-year to move to West Ham.

The Evening Standard then claimed the 31-year-old, who was a key player for Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini when he won the title with Manchester City, will join for an initial six months on £80,000 per week with the option to extend.

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West Ham fans divided, club mocked over recruitment

But according to The Mirror West Ham look unlikely to sign Nasri over concerns about the former France midfielder’s fitness.

The Mirror said Nasri was so out of shape that he may not even be ready to play by the start of January, when his current ban for doping expires.

The twist comes rather conspicuously after the move for Nasri sparked a lot of debate and divided fans, many of whom said it was ‘typical’ of West Ham to pay big wages to a player past his best.

West Ham were also mocked by rival fans over their recruitment.

One message on Twitter perhaps summed it up best.

Twitter user Dan Mason posted: “With Nasri joining Zabaleta, Wilshere, Carroll and Chicharito West Ham look like they could really do something in 2011.”

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Opinion bullies out in force

There was also a furious reaction on social media to any supporters going against the grain.

Opinion bullies were out in force.

And while they may have a point the fact Manuel Pellegrini wants the player should surely be the end of the discussion?

West Ham fans have bemoaned the fact co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have had too much of a say in recruitment in the past.

Now they have a manager being backed to bring in the players HE wants and many don’t like it.

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Who is managing West Ham?

If Pellegrini feels Nasri can bring something to his squad and is worth the reported £80,000 per week then that should be that.

Concerns over the player’s fitness seem odd too.

After such a lengthy period out of the game what would anyone expect?

Even if a player trained everyday it would be unlikely they would be anywhere near a modern player’s peak shape.

Nasri would have six weeks to work on that before he is eligible to play from January.

That is effectively an entire pre-season.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course. But sometimes fans must sit back and let the manager do what he thinks is best.

After all Pellegrini’s track record is pretty damn good.

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