Hammers confirm Evra signing- former United defender to wear No.27 jersey

West Ham United have officially confirmed the signing of Patrice Evra on a free transfer. The French defender has inked a short term deal that will keep him at the London Stadium till the end of the 2017/18 seasn. He is expected to compete for a spot along with Aaron Cresswell, who has been employed both as part of a flat back three and as left wing back, and the suspended Arthur Masuaku, who will miss the next four games owing to his ban for spitting at Nick Powell.

The move reunites Evra with David Moyes, his former manager at Manchester United, although the move will come as a surprise to some given that the two didn’t exactly part on happy terms.

The 36 year old Evra was a free agent after having had his contract terminated by French club Marseille in November for an altercation with a fan. His actions also earned him a UEFA ban, but that does not affect his participation in domestic competitions like the Premier League.

Patrice Evra West Ham

Senegal born Evra’s acquisition comes just over a week after the Hammers were embroiled in a racism controversy, with Tony Henry allegedly saying that the club didn’t want to sign Africans “because they caused mayhem”

Everton were also interested in signing Evra, but he chose the Hammers as he preferred a move to London. He has been given the No.27 jersey at the London Stadium- the number worn by Evra’s former Marseille team mate Dimitri Payet when the latter was at West Ham.

Evra could make his league debut this weekend against Watford, who will be brimming confidence following their 4-1 shock win over Chelsea on Monday.

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