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Danbury Hammer 6:53 Tue Feb 6
Patrice Evra Signed

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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Sir Alf 12:25 Sat Feb 10
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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
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Arbeloa MKII

Texas Iron 10:50 Fri Feb 9
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Yet another Sullivan Crap Signing...

Vexed 10:47 Fri Feb 9
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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
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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
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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
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Lets hope so JMP as the reports from the sports scribes from France are fucking shocking...

JayeMPee 4:15 Fri Feb 9
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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
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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
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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.

Side of Ham 1:08 Fri Feb 9
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Cresswell is the one who should be wary imo.
Declan shows a willing to do well for the team Cresswell has lost.

cornish 12:51 Fri Feb 9
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Scott_d a back three denotes three Centre backs in with two wing backs doesn't it ?

scott_d 11:25 Fri Feb 9
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We have had 1 player who has stood out this season and shown some actual potential so of course it's disappointing that we are signing a 36 year old and potentially limiting his chances of development.

Declan Rice has been no worse than any one else in our back 3 so there is no reason why he should not be given an extended run in the team.

Vexed 10:52 Fri Feb 9
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Hasnt played a game yet and prople are getting outraged about the youths he may possibly displace. WHO is an absolute tardfest when it comes to our youth players who are in all honesty mostly poor.

Anyone still want Martinez up top?

scott_d 10:33 Fri Feb 9
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Declan Rice has been playing left of the back 3, a position I expect that Evra will be in contention for.

cornish 10:06 Fri Feb 9
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Um Declan Rice ain't a fullback or a wingback and never will be.

Private Dancer 10:05 Fri Feb 9
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Bellamy criticizing this signing, basically saying Evra won't cope at this level now.

scott_d 10:03 Fri Feb 9
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I have a big problem with this as it is another kick in the nuts to our youth system.

I expect if he is fit then he will be ahead of Declan Rice even though he has shown great promise this season.

Great work West Ham.

happygilmore 10:25 Thu Feb 8
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Building for the future.

bruuuno 10:20 Thu Feb 8
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Gavros 6:55 Tue Feb 6
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Sven Roeder 10:01 Thu Feb 8
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Brevett came in for the last 12 games of the season we were relegated when Sir Trev took over. We won 6 of them
Played part of the next season

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