Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra looks set to join West Ham United in a bid to revive his ailing career. Evra has been a free agent since November after he was sacked by Marseille for assaulting a fan during warmups in a Europa League match.
David Moyes looks set to sign Evra before West Ham’s Premier League game against West Ham, even though Evra was fined £8,000 and banned till June by UEFA for his attack which evoked memories of Eric Cantona’s infamous Kung-Fu kick attack against a Crystal Palace fan. However, West Ham believes that the ban applies to European competitions.
Moyes worked with Evra during his brief reign at Manchester United and the signing of Evra is thought to be a good signing as it provides cover for the left-back position. The Frenchman still has an abundance of quality, he lifted the Premier League title five times during his eight years at United, also winning the Champions League.
He was also the first-choice left-back for France during Euro 2016 and playing for Juventus after leaving United. Patrice Evra still has a fine engine in him to get and down the pitch and deliver quality crosses, in addition to that Evra has the experience of playing in high-pressure situations which West Ham find themselves in with the Hammers still in a relegation battle. Evra was seen at West Ham’s training ground ready to agree on a short-term deal.
Manchester United are still trying to replace Evra, with Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ashley Young having been used since Evra left United for Juventus, as Sir Alex Ferguson once said’ Finding a left-back is like finding a rare bird.’ In Patrice Evra, West Ham will soon have one of the rarest of them all.