Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra appears set for a return to the Premier League with West Ham, according to reports.
Evra saw his contract with Marseille terminated by mutual consent in November following the French defender’s seven-month ban from UEFA competitions.
The 36-year-old was dismissed prior to the start of the Europa League tie at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes after clashing with a Marseille fan.
Despite his ban from UEFA competitions, Evra remains free to play in domestic fixtures.
Evra worked under current West Ham manager David Moyes when he was in charge at Manchester United.
It has been widely reported Evra is set to agree a deal with the east London club until the end of the season.
West Ham did not reply when contacted for comment by Press Association Sport on Tuesday evening.
Former France defender Evra, a five-time Premier League winner and who lifted the Champions League with United in 2008, joined Juventus after leaving Old Trafford in 2014.
Evra went on to win the Serie A title twice before returning to France with Marseille during January 2017.
Neymar only moved to PSG last summer from Barcelona, but has been dogged by speculation that he could leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season. However, Fernandez poured cold water on the rumours, saying the record signing wants to win trophies with his current club.
“I would put my hand in the fire that Neymar will not leave,” Fernandez said.
“If PSG has brought in Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe it’s for them to win here and not leave. Neymar is eager to succeed here and bring titles. The club president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] and the fans are with Neymar.”
Much of the speculation has been a result of reports that Neymar doesn’t get along with his PSG teammates, especially after a spat with Edinson Cavani over who would get to take a penalty. But it is a school of thought that both Neymar and the club have dismissed, and indeed, the relationship with Cavani seems to have settled.
“He is very happy, very comfortable here with his teammates,” Fernandez said. “When you see him play, you don’t see what is being reported. He is eager to succeed here.
“There were reports that he had a problem with [Edinson] Cavani but those are just stories and you can see on the pitch by how they play together [and] how they pass each other the ball that this is not true.
“All of his teammates and everyone knows that Neymar is the top player and that is how it is. I see Neymar being the one that guides the team, that triumphs here.”
Liverpool’s club record signing Virgil van Dijk insists he can handle the scrutiny of being the world’s most expensive defender.
The Dutch centre-back signed for the Reds a month ago after a £75m move from Southampton and has been viewed as the answer to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive problems.
While he has only played four matches, van Dijk is still far from his best after missing much of last year due to an ankle injury. However, he insists he can cope with the pressure of his hefty price tag.
“I can’t do anything about the fee so it is pretty easy for me. I am pretty calm on that,” he said.
“You are always going to have that but the most important thing is what happens at Melwood and what happens here with the people who care about the team.
“Other people around – fans of other clubs, pundits – they can have their opinions, but it doesn’t really bother me.
“So you need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team.”
Klopp claimed it will be until next season before van Dijk is back to his towering best as he needs to adapt to playing a different style of football.
And van Dijk added: “I know because I made such a big step right now, for a lot of money, everything is going to be analysed.
“No-one is going to look at the good things that you do. Everybody is going to watch the bad things and that’s how it is.
“But I will discuss it with the people who want to make me better, who can make me better, that is the manager and the players around me. If they think it is right then that is the way forward.
“I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out. I want to improve and get the maximum out of myself and that is what I am going to do.”
The Dutchman can expect a hostile reception when he returns to his former club for the first time this Sunday as Liverpool take on Southampton at St. Mary’s.
“Maybe they can boo the whole game. What can you do about it? You can’t do anything. I made the decision, I have enjoyed every bit of it and I am very grateful for everything that they [Southampton] did for me. I have moved on, they have moved on,” he said.