West Ham have welcomed former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra to the club to try and secure a short-term transfer deal for the 36-year-old, according to a report.
The Guardian claim on their website that the 81-cap French international arrived at the Hammers’ training ground on Tuesday to discuss terms over a contract until the end of the current campaign, having been without a club since seeing his contract with Marseille torn up in November.
The French side cast him out after he attacked a fan during a Europa League clash, for which he was also banned from all European competitions until the end of the season.
He has 273 appearances in the Premier League during his time with Manchester United, where he won five top flight titles, and was a favourite of David Moyes during the Scottish manager’s short tenure at Old Trafford.
Football Insider verdict
While Evra has the experience of the Premier League, at 36-years-old there will no doubt be questions over whether he has what it takes to succeed in England’s top flight any more. His lack of playing time over the past couple of months will not have helped, and there may well be those wondering why he has not retired yet. At West Ham he will have Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku to compete with on the left side of defence, both of which have put in some sterling performances this season. If Moyes feels he needs to reunite with Evra, then a short term deal is in all parties’ best interests, but it still feels like a strange move to be making.
In other West Ham news, the club have issued an emphatic statement on the future of David Moyes.