David Moyes’ West Ham United yesterday afternoon announced that they had completed the signing of 36-year-old French defender Patrice Evra on a short-term contract.
Evra, who played under the Scottish manager during his time with Manchester United, has been a free agent since being fired by French side Olympique Marseille last autumn in the wake of lashing out at a fan before a Europa League game against Vitoria SC.
Despite him still being under a ban from UEFA Competitions until June 2018, he will still be illegible to feature in the Premier League for the remainder of this season, the only Competition that the Hammers have left to play in.
The full-back is a five-time English Top-Flight winner and has lifted the League Cup and Community Shield on a combined eight occasions and the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup all at Old Trafford.
The larger than life character has also tasted widespread success abroad, winning the Coupe de la Ligue in his early days with Monaco and a duo of consecutive Serie A’s and Coppa Italia’s, not to mention a Supercopa Italia with Italian giants Juventus.
Upon completing his move back to the Premier League and signing his contract at Rush Green Training Ground, Evra had this to say to the club’s official website,
“I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!
“It’s amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job.
“When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my teammates and give my best on the pitch.
“I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the Chairman, to the manager to all my teammates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent and my brother. “I’m just happy to be here, it’s really simple.
“You don’t realise how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new teammates made me smile!”
Manager Moyes isn’t the only man at the club that he has worked with previously, having been teammates with centre-back Angelo Ogbonna during his time with Juve and teammates with forward Javier Hernandez whilst a Red Devil.
Evra will also look forward to rekindling rivalries with Portuguese duo Joao Mario and Jose Fonte, their Portugal side narrowly defeated his France side in the Final of the 2016 European Championship, a Tournament that all three featured regularly in.
Evra’s short contract is set to see him remain at the club until June 2018 when a decision will be made about an extension and the East Londoners are not strangers to housing some of the more senior stars, the oldest player to appear and score in the League did so in Claret & Blue, Teddy Sheringham.
Should Evra feature in this Saturday’s PL visit of Watford to the London Stadium, he will become the seventh-oldest player in the Division, with the oldest, Julian Speroni, under two years his senior.
To find out what his new boss Moyes has to say about him in his Pre-Watford Press Conference at Rush Green Training Ground on Friday afternoon, join us from 12:30 PM for a Live Blog, featuring live and exclusive build-up, live quotes and plenty of reaction live from the Presser, don’t miss it.