Date: 12th October 2018 at 5:30am
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Everton manager Marco Silva has held talks with his backroom staff over launching a potential bargain swoop for free agent Samir Nasri as he closes in on the end of his ban from football, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claim that the Portuguese boss is looking to increase the competition for attacking midfielders Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson and that with 31-year-old Nasri now a month away from the end of his 18 months suspension for an intravenous treatment containing banned substances, a free transfer is being mulled over.

The controversial French star has won two Premier League titles in England during his time with Manchester City, and has 215 top flight appearances to his name.

Good move for Everton?

The question that has to be asked here is what sort of shape is Nasri in right now?

A period of 18 months away from the game is a huge time out – more than most of the serious injuries keep a player on the sidelines for – and while he might have been trying to keep fit and available during his suspension, he will be lacking the match fitness needed to make an immediate return.

Everton do not desperately need his services, even if Silva wants to add another name to his options, and considering the troubles the Frenchman faces in trying to forge a comeback, which will likely take months, it is not a deal worth pursuing.

This is Futbol rating: 3/10

Likely to happen?

The fact that Silva has asked what his backroom staff think about it show that he is keen, but quite frankly that might be as far as this supposed move goes.

What is the point of bringing him in if he needs plenty of time to get back up to speed, and is likely to be third choice behind the other options at Goodison Park?

There are other talents, most of them young and desperate for the chance to shine, who can do a job for the Toffees, and as such a move for Nasri seems massively unlikely.

This is Futbol rating: 3/10