Deal signed: Ex-Man United defender completes free transfer to West Ham

Patrice Evra. Picture: By Werner100359 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

According to Sky Sports, French defender Patrice Evra joins West Ham United on a free transfer, three months after being released from Olympique Marseille in November.

The 36-year-old, who has played for Paris Saint-Germain, Marsala Calcio, Calcio Monza, OGC Nice, AS Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus, is perhaps best known for his eight-year spell at Old Trafford – winning five Premier League titles, four Super Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League trophy.

His move to West Ham has reunited him with his former Manchester United manager David Moyes, having spent one season under the Scottish coach in 2013/14. Evra’s time at Marseille came to an end after he was sacked by L’OM for assaulting a supporter whom he accused of abusing him.

UEFA charged the left-back, banning him from their club competitions until June 2018. However, the ban does not prevent Evra from playing in any domestic competitions, meaning he’s free to play in the Premier League. The experienced fullback has kept up a fitness regime on social media but may require some reserve football to get up to speed.

The 81-cap star made 379 appearances for Manchester United and was regarded as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. He’s not as fleet-footed at 36, but United fans will be pleased to see a former favourite back in England.

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