The former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder is a free agent and training with the Hammers.
“First of all, everyone deserves a second chance,” Minto told the Daily Star.
“Secondly, he can’t be asking for the type of wages that he was on beforehand because he’s been out for so long. He needs to earn a contract, it’s as simple as that.
“I’d be surprised if West Ham do offer big, big wages for him but if you can get him to anywhere near what he was two years ago or maybe a bit more, it could be a fantastic signing.
“Free transfer, hopefully not on too much wages, it’s a bit of a no brainer if he’s playing well in training.
“He needs to earn a contract and West Ham need to look at a player that’s been out for 18 months, but look, you get a Samir Nasri, we’ve seen enough of him over the years to know that he can be a class player. Just can he get bac