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Danbury Hammer 6:53 Tue Feb 6
Patrice Evra

West Ham sign Premier League great Patrice Evra

West Ham United are pleased to confirm the signing of the vastly-experienced Patrice Evra on a short-term contract.

Capped 81 times by France, the charismatic Evra has won seven league titles and the UEFA Champions League during an illustrious career with AS Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus.

Evra, who joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June 2018 and will wear the No27 shirt, worked with Hammers manager David Moyes during his time at Old Trafford, and is looking forward to linking up with his old boss and returning to the Premier League.

“I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!” said the dynamic left-back, using the catchphrase he has made famous on his hugely popular Instagram channel.

“It’s amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job. When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my teammates and give my best on the pitch, I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the Chairman, to the manager to all my teammates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent and my brother.

“I’m just happy to be here, it’s really simple. You don’t realise how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new teammates made me smile!”

Evra revealed that he could not wait to sign for West Ham, once he was made aware of the opportunity to be reunited with Moyes, and had talked the move through with both the Scot and Joint-Chairman David Sullivan.

“It happened really fast. My agent called me and told me I needed to come back [from Dubai] to London as quick as I could and I had a nice meeting with the manager, who I know from Manchester United, of course, and I met the Chairman, so it was really easy.

“When you have to make a deal and money is not the issue, the deal could be done in five minutes. The main thing was for me to join West Ham and to help my teammates to win as many games as we can.

“It was the fastest thing I have done in my life, because both parties wanted to work together, so it was very easy to make an agreement!”

Born in Dakar, Senegal, in May 1981, Evra moved to France with his family as a baby. After playing youth football there, he began his senior career in Italy, playing for Marsala and Monza before returning to France.

There, he initially played as an attacker for Nice, before switching to left-back midway through the 2001/02 season – a move which would shape his career – and he would end the campaign in the Ligue 2 Team of the Year.

Evra’s impressive form saw him move along the coast to Monaco, where he won the French League Cup in 2003 and featured in his first Champions League final and made his senior France debut the following year.

After three-and-a-half seasons with Monaco, Sir Alex Ferguson took him to Manchester United. There, he won five Premier League titles and reached two more Champions League finals, winning the competition for the first time against Chelsea in 2008.

Evra also became a regular for France during his time at Old Trafford, where he played alongside Chicharito for four seasons, appearing at UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012 and captaining his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

After spending his final season working under Moyes, the defender moved to Italian champions Juventus in 2014, where he linked up with his new West Ham teammate Angelo Ogbonna and won two Serie A and Italian Cup doubles.

After moving back to France with Marseille in January 2016, the 36-year-old travelled to a fifth major tournament with France, helping his country reach the European Championship final on home turf, only to be edged out by Jose Fonte and Joao Mario’s Portugal.

West Ham United would like to welcome Patrice to London Stadium and wish him all the best for his time in east London.

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stirlinghammer 10:57 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Looked and played like one of those unfortunate windrush o a p s

You can tell when an older player is past it...he plays like a kid on his debut out of his depth.

Just a matter of time before we sign Kevin Davies

Next level...

El Scorchio 10:38 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Probably thought he'd be more solid defensively.

Probably thought wrong.

twoleftfeet 10:22 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
What on earth made Moyes think he would be a better option today than Arthur? I’d love to hear his thoughts.

simon.s 10:01 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
That’s all these spivs are capable of, vanity signings.

I fully expect to see Yaya here after he’s finished in America/China or wherever the fat cunt ends up.

Bernie 9:50 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
The most embarrassing signing in the league for some time.

Thanks David Sullivan and David Moyes, thanks very much

El Scorchio 9:33 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Blame the owners.

Too tight and too arrogant to pay the right money for the right players during the transfer window, leaving us scrabbling around the likes of Evra for emergency cover due to their neglect. We should never have been in a position where we needed to sign him.

He only came for the money and he knows he's only here until the summer, so why should he give a fuck?

Keep dreaming 8:54 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Really sad times. Seeing mega buck has been like him jogging around against ManC is embarrassing

Kaiser Zoso 8:53 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Complete fucking shambles.

Yards off the pace. Costs a bundle in wages, contributes fuck all, but at least he was free.

We don’t deserve to be treated like this.

Takashi Miike 8:48 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
he is fucking useless but probably on £80k+ a week

HairyHammer 8:45 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Patrick Evra,,,,, where?? who??? why????

stewie griffin 8:42 Sun Apr 29
Re: Patrice Evra Signed

Sir Alf 12:25 Sat Feb 10
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Intuition suggests he will indeed be more of an Arbeloa or Wayne Bridge than a Brevett or Guy Demel who we’re both excellent for old boys. I pray he will emulate the latter 2 players

Norflundon 11:11 Sat Feb 10
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Arbeloa MKII

Texas Iron 10:50 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Yet another Sullivan Crap Signing...

Vexed 10:47 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
That he kicked a fan in the head is literally the best thing about this signing. Love to see him repeat his party trick.

claret on my shirt 5:27 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Moyes said today that "His level of professionalism is as good as anybodys ".

hmmmmm guessing then that kicking a fan in the head does not come under professionalism!

Willtell 4:20 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
I think Moyes really wants to play a back four where the full backs can overlap but do not push up onto the opposition's wide midfielders all the time. Neither Cresswell nor Byram are very good defensively and are wing backs...

Northern Sold 4:19 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Lets hope so JMP as the reports from the sports scribes from France are fucking shocking...

JayeMPee 4:15 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Having watched the video's Sky put out on Evra he looks as if he is both fit and hungry and maybe of value in the dressing room as well as on the pitch. At the moment any potential positives are good for me so I am hoping he will lift the team and the spirit, we certainly need it.

Lee Trundle 4:09 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
I've got a funny feeling you're right, scott.

Also Pearce said this about him:
"He is a natural left-sided player, he is decent in the air as well"

scott_d 4:01 Fri Feb 9
Re: Patrice Evra Signed
Yes it does Cornish, but who our left back (Cresswell) has been playing there as did our right back Zabaleta, albeit on the right so it's not a position exclusive to central defenders.

With Masuaku suspended I expect Cresswell will be wing back and Rice has been playing left of the back 3.

I can't see Evra at 36 playing WB so my guess is he would more than likely play left side of a back 3 - which is where Rice has mostly been playing since he got his chance in the team.

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