Samir Nasri to have medical ahead of proposed West Ham United move

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Former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is to have a medical at West Ham United ahead of a proposed deal to join the club.

Nasri, 31, has been out of football for the past 18 months due to a drugs ban. However, that ban has ended and he is free to find a new club.

Should he pass his medical, it is thought he will join the Hammers on an initial 6-month deal, with an option to extend it. It will also reunite him with Manuel Pellegrini, who managed him while they were at Manchester City.

However, Nasri won’t be able to play for West Ham until 1 January 2019

Nasri’s last club was Antalyaspor in the Turkish league, but his deal was terminated on 31 January. In February, he received a ban – initially for 6 months – for using an intravenous drip treatment that contravened World Anti-Doping Agency.

The incident relates to when Nasri was on loan at Sevilla in 2016, and it is alleged that while there he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components. This is above the allowed amount.


All the factz on Manchester City v Manchester United including which TV channel its on

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One of the most eagerly-anticipated matches of the season takes place today as Manchester City play Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. City need a win to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League, while United want to take 3 points and close the gap to their rivals.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* United won 2-3 at the Etihad Stadium last season. City had won 1-2 earlier in the season at Old Trafford.
* Since that defeat, City have won 8 of their 9 PL matches there, scoring 32 goals.
* Conceding goals has been United’s problem – 18 have gone in so far in 11 matches and they have kept just one clean sheet.
* Sergio Aguero loves playing at the Etihad – he’s scored 17 goals in his last 13 appearances there.
* If Juan Mata scores, it will be his 50th Premier League goal.

All the factz on Manchester City v Southampton

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In the Premier League today, Manchester City take on Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. City are in great form, but Saints aren’t. The match kicks off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know: 

* City did the double over Saints last season, winning 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and 0-1 at St Mary’s.
* City have won 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
* They have also kept 6 consecutive clean sheets – they’ve never kept 7 in a row before.
* Southampton are without a win in 6 PL matches – 3 draws and 3 defeats.
* Scoring goals is Saints’ main problem – just six all season. Only Huddersfield have scored fewer. City’s Sergio Aguero has scored that many on his own.

All the factz on Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City, including which TV channel its on

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Monday night football returns to the Premier League tonight with a mouth-watering top of the table clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know: 

* Manchester City did the double over Spurs last season, winning 1-3 at Wembley Stadium and 4-1 at the Etihad.
* Spurs are off to their best start to a PL season, with 21 points from their 9 matches. A win tonight will see them leapfrog City into third with the same points as second-places Chelsea but behind on goal difference.
* City are also in form – unbeaten this season with 7 wins and 2 draws. They will go top of the Premier League on goal difference with a win tonight.
* Spurs have kept 3 consecutive clean sheets – they haven’t managed 4 in a row since April 2017. However, City have managed 4 in a row.
* If Sergio Aguero scores, it will be his 150th in the Premier League. He will be the 9th player to reach that mark if he does

Manchester City consider bid for Juventus star Alex Sandro

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Premier League champions Manchester City are weighing up a January move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to reports.

The Sun has said that City scouts watched Sandro play for Juventus against Manchester United in the Champions League earlier this week. He impressed as Juve kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win in Group H.

The Brazilian has made 126 appearances for Juve, scoring 9 goals, and has won 3 successive Serie A titles with The Old Lady. He has also made 12 appearances for Brazil.

City only have Benjamin Mendy as a senior left-back at the club, and his recent injury record has not been great.

A deal could come about because Juve are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid left-back Marcelo in January. Marcelo is apparently keen to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo again.

Should Sando be available, he would likely cost about £50 million.  Of course, this wouldn’t trouble City’s bosses, especially as the player is at the peak of his career.

However, there would doubtless be interest from other sides around Europe. Chelsea have previously been linked, as have Manchester United. Clubs such as Paris St-Germain may also be interested.