Samir Nasri is expected to snub a move to England in favour of linking up with Serie A side Benevento, according to Turkish sports outlet Fotospor.
The playmaker most recently featured for Super Lig outfit Antalyaspor in Turkey, but mutually agreed to the early termination of his two-year contract after less than six months at the club.
It was thought that West Ham United were amongst the parties interested in signing the 30-year-old, but he is now expected to make the switch to Italy’s top flight with the side rooted to the foot of the table.
Benevento have won one, drawn two and lost 20 of their 23 league fixtures so far this season and even with the addition of Nasri they are all but certain to drop back into Serie B.
The Frenchman enjoyed a successful spell in the Premier League after signing for Arsenal in 2008 and was a key man for the Gunners before angering fans with a transfer to Manchester City three years later.
At the Etihad Stadium, Nasri was part of the team that delivered the Citizens’ first title in 44 years in 2012, following that with another in 2014.
However, he increasingly suffered with injuries and spent last term out on loan at Sevilla in La Liga, before joining Antalyaspor in August.
He left the New Antalya Stadium with a record of two goals and an assist from his eight league appearances.
Whilst West Ham’s interest in Nasri has never been officially confirmed, the club have shown a willingness to look to free agents with the signing of Patrice Evra on Wednesday.
The ex-France international, who amassed 41 caps for his country, would add creativity, guile and Premier League experience but there are question marks over his fitness and wage demands.
Watford are the visitors to the London Stadium this Saturday and the Hammers will be hoping for all three points after going three Premier League matches without a win.