And that could now force him to gamble on signing Samir Nasri — who has not played for 18 MONTHS due to a doping ban.
Quina, 19, was offloaded in the summer for just £1million and netted his first league goal for Watford in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Cardiff.
West Ham host the Hornets tomorrow aiming to make it five wins in a row for the first time since 2006.
And boss Pellegrini just hopes that plan is not scuppered by the Portugal forward.
He revealed: “I didn’t sell him in the summer. I didn’t know about him because when I arrived here, he was playing in Portugal with his young national squad.
“After that he couldn’t play with us in pre-season. Then I heard the news he was sold.
“I’m happy for him that he is playing well at Watford.”
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Former Arsenal and Manchester City ace Nasri is now on the brink of coming in when his ban finally ends on January 1.
The ex-France international, 31, has been training with the Hammers in a bid to earn a short-term deal with the club.
Pellegrini said: “Samir is working with us very well. He is reducing his weight — so it is a decision we will make in the next days.”
The Chilean needs to boost his midfield options with Jack Wilshere facing another spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
And Nasri could make his first appearance for the Hammers against Birmingham in the FA Cup third round on January 5.
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