West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has outlined the major condition which will dictate whether he signs Samir Nasri.
Former France star Nasri has been training with West Ham as he nears the completion of an 18-month doping ban.
The Chilean has been hindered by a Premier League-worst injury list.
That has seen him denied the services of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere in midfield alone.
Nasri was a key player for Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini when he won the title with Manchester City.
Nasri move leaves fans divided
The Evening Standard claims the 31-year-old playmaker will join for an initial six months on £80,000 per week with the option to extend if he proves his fitness.
Some feel Nasri will give Pellegrini the creativity he is missing.
Others feel he is past his best and comes with too much baggage, quite literally.
That’s because Pellegrini told the press his former midfield star is carrying too much weight.
Pellegrini outlines key condition to Nasri earning West Ham deal
And giving an update on the Nasri situation to Sky Sports, Pellegrini has revealed the major condition which will dictate whether West Ham make the ex-Sevilla man their first January signing.
“The more good players we have the better we are going to play,” Pellegrini said of Nasri on Sky Sports.
“For me the weight of the player demonstrates his mentality.
“You can’t give an advantage in this profession, especially when every game is so tight.
“When every team has good players you cannot be overweight.
“I think that Samir will be at the end of the month the weight that we need him to be to be a professional player for West Ham. He is working hard and is absolutely convinced that he can do it.”