By Richard Parks
West Ham are reportedly close to signing former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.
Ex-WHU Employee, a Twitter account run by a club insider with an excellent record of breaking transfer, team and club-related news, reported on Tuesday evening that the Hammers are working on a deal to sign Evra, 36, on a free transfer.
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 former France international 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 competition for the experienced defender, but he is free to continue playing in domestic competitions 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.
Hammers fans on Twitter are mostly excited at the possibility of signing a player of such pedigree, with fans calling him “class” and still a “bloody decent player”.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
Maybe 36…. but he’s a bloody decent player.
— Miles Wilson ⚒ (@HammerFromDevon) February 6, 2018
I love this game
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) February 6, 2018
West Retireham United
— Paul Addison (@Paddison93) February 6, 2018
Class but what about arthur
— Sonny???? (@SONNYWHU10) February 6, 2018
He’s banned. Plus LB not really a major concern right now. Desperate in the midfield area, but we won’t get anyone in now.
— Tom ⚒ (@TomWhu86) February 6, 2018
So glad we are signing players in their prime! FFS our transfer policy hasn’t changed from years ago, sell our quality young players and buy in older players coming to the end of their careers.
— Mark Shurben-Browne (@MarkShurben) February 6, 2018
Not bad but need to pull something more out the bag then a player in his mid thirties
— Todd (@txdd16) February 6, 2018
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