West Ham are set to sign former Manchester United and France international Patrice Evra on a free transfer just days after the end of the January transfer window, according to a report.
Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has established themselves as a reputable source of insider information surrounding the club, has claimed that the Hammers are to secure the 36-year-old left back’s capture imminently, having been without a club since seeing his Olympique Marseille contract cancelled back in November.
Looks like we could be about to sign former Manchester United and French International Patrice Evra on a free transfer. He played under Moyes at United ⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) February 6, 2018
The move will come as a shock to many considering the club already have regular first choice Aaron Cresswell and the currently suspended Arthur Masuaku available on the left side of defence, and it will see manager David Moyes reunite with a player he had at Manchester United, with Evra having picked up five Premier League titles with the Red Devils.
He saw his contract torn up by Marseille for attacking a fan earlier this season, which also saw him slapped with a season-long ban from all UEFA competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Moyes obviously feels he needs more experience in his back line and after capturing the signature of Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer in the summer, it looks as though another top flight veteran could be on his way to secure a bargain move to the London Stadium. Whether he is set to be used as a regular in the starting XI or as back up to the current options, fans will have to wait and see, but it is something of an exciting and surprising signing for the Hammers to make. Expect a short term deal to be put in place, possibly until the end of the season.
In other West Ham news, the club have issued an emphatic statement on the future of David Moyes.