By Richard Parks
West Ham have survived a last-gasp transfer hijack from Everton to reach agreement over the signing of former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, according to Sky Sports News.
The broadcaster have claimed on their website that the Londoners are set to complete the signing of Evra, 36, today (Wednesday) on a free transfer.
It is said that Everton have also expressed their interest in signing the experienced campaigner but he favours a move to the London Stadium.
In a separate report, Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported on his personal website that the defender will undergo a medical at West Ham after agreeing personal terms of a deal.
It is a blow for Everton, who have been without senior left-back Leighton Baines for months due to injury and have used right-back Cuco Martina on the left side of defence.
Former France international Evra is without a club after he was sacked by Marseille in November for kicking a supporter in the stands.
It led to a seven-month ban from UEFA club competitions, but he is free to continue playing in domestic competitions, including the Premier League, and has not announced his retirement.
Evra spent nine hugely successful years at United, winning five titles and the Champions League.
He then departed the club for Juventus in 2014, where he continued to hoover up trophies as a key member of the side, before heading to Marseille last year.
West Ham manager David Moyes managed Evra during his season at United and has reportedly turned to the player after left-back Arthur Masuaku was given a six-game ban for spitting.
The Hammers can also call upon Aaron Cresswell at left-back, but he has been frequently used in a three-man defence in recent matches.
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