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Official: West Ham sign 36-year-old free agent

West Ham have officially confirmed the signing of  Patrice Evra on a short-term contract.

The 36-year-old who joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June 2018 will wear the No27 shirt, worked with Hammers manager David Moyes during his time at Old Trafford.

He told WHUFC.com “I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!”

“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!”

“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!”

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Official: West Ham sign 36-year-old free agent

  1. I wonder if they will play him as a winger or a defender ?

    When Alex Song is available and Nasri also you would think we could sign them also on similar deals, am not a fan of Nasri as a person but in the right frame of mind he is a quality player.

    • Would think Song bc need a CDM most but he looks set for Serie A Nasri too. Benevito I think.
      William Vainqeuer who was at same club a Naari probably be best option at 29 has experience tidy passer don’t know if Moyes would like bc no PL experience. Why surprised haven’t moved for Song.
      Moyes likes players he has already managed.

  2. cheap option no wonder they went for him

  3. Its a body on board isn’t it ! He’s a much needed addition regardless of the crap window !
    He’s a good short term player who can do no worse than cresswell or noble ! He still has pace for his age and his experience is second to none ? Its a + in my eyes ! Simply because of the disastrous window ! If he can do a job then welcome ! He’s here and he gets a fair crack of the whip !! Its just same as again ain’t it !! Amateurs !!! 😕

  4. Another cheap sully buy so we have cheap zab on right cheap evra on left good young players brought in by a lying pr–k called Sullivan who said were only bringing in young players with sell on money now just this last transfer period. Another classic lie and they wonder why there voted the worst board in the premier by others not even our fans. Hope evra does ok and can keep up the pace and defend properly something cresswell has never done. Or mass actually too. Good luck to the boys Watford and BOARD OUT coyi

  5. What for ? Not the right age, not the right player, not the right mentality.

    This is the guy who not only kicked a fan in Marseille, it is the same guy who instigated a strike of national french squad in the middle of a final competition, the same guy who got in a brawl wit Luis Suarez etc etc.

    WHY WHY WHY do we do these things ?

    • Yes I very much worry about him disrupting dressing to & causing a rift. But has PL experience is free Moyes managed him so ticks all the boxes for the 3 Davids.
      Except for that one we weren’t going to but 32yo players anymore guess is right he is 36 same age as Lee Johnson Bristol’s manager only 36yp we should have on list or DOF.
      I think he will play well but more worries about issues he could cause.
      Actually seen some Man U fans who want him back.

  6. A terrible waste of money.

  7. I’m sure he will be used as wing back. Evra is talented player but is 36 we had 31 days to get in players. And he can be disrusptive but I hope knowing & playing w Chic Oggy & Moyes will help. Hope they arent paying huge fees. Supposedly Everton were keen too.
    I worry what this does to Rice. Bc be great if had a LB who could move & dribble like Masuaku but cross like Cresswell at his best that would be Philip Max at Ausburg w 11 assists.

    So cresswell will probably go back to back 3 & will Rice be used as CDM bc could use some more mobility in mid. Zab worked well at Palace. But mid lacks pace & mobility.

    Actually have a feeling Evra will play alright going fwd at WB prob get assist or 2 but def short term. And come summer we need to not buy over 28 & start looking towards future

  8. He is a left-back who we need to cover for Cresswell at least until Masuaku comes back.

  9. Welcome to the club. COYI

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