West Ham have signed former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra on a short-term contract.
The 36-year-old Frenchman arrives as a free agent, having been without a club since he left Marseille in November after kicking one of the club’s fans before a Europa League match.
The incident saw Evra banned from UEFA competition for the rest of the season, but he will be able to play domestically for West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes, who managed Evra at Manchester United, needed to bolster a squad decimated by injuries to a host of key players.
Most of those injuries are in midfield and attack, although left wing-back Arthur Masuaku is still suspended for the next four matches for spitting in the recent FA Cup defeat at Wigan.
Evra told the club website: “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 team-mates 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 team-mates, 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 team-mates made me smile!”
Evra, who won the Premier League five times with United and the Serie A title twice with Juventus, could make his Hammers debut against Watford on Saturday.
The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer. Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking.
Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. The 22-year-old is playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo this campaign and has only started seven La Liga matches. The Spanish international has already turned down a move to PSG and has attracted interest from Inter Milan as well as Arsenal. With game time mattering most for the star attacker, Antonio Conte may succeed in bringing him to West London.
DAVID DE GEA
Manchester United will reportedly demand £115million from Real Madrid for de Gea, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season. Los Blancos have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper since last summer and were heavily linked with rising Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window. The 27-year-old, on the other hand, is eager to return home to Madrid where he previously plied his trade with Atletico in from 2009-2011.
STEFAN DE VRIJ
Manchester United have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race to sign de Vrij next summer. The Lazio defender is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree fresh terms at the Stadio Olimpico. The Dutchman endured an injury-hit 2016-17 campaign with the Serie A club but is still very much on Jose Mourinho’s radar and a bid of around €15m could be accepted. The totemic centre-back would offer more consistency than the incumbent pair of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Man City will have to shell out £8.5m in compensation to get rid of Kompany this summer. The Belgium international has no intention of leaving the Etihad Stadium with his current contract expiring in 2019. Pep Guardiola has serious concerns over the 31-year-old’s health and has a big decision to make whether to keep the centre-back. The City boss has Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones in central defence and has just broken the club transfer record to land Aymeric Laporte from Bilbao.
Liverpool will have to pay £45million to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian is currently keeping Manchester City’s Ederson out of a place in the national team and has been heavily linked to the Reds this summer. The 25-year-old has impressed at Stadio Olimpico over the last 18 months and would be a welcome addition to the Reds. With Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet rotating between the sticks, Jurgen Klopp needs to find a new keeper if they are to seriously compete for honours.
The 24-year-old, whose contract expires in June, was widely linked with the Turin club during the January transfer window but the two sides failed to reach a conclusion over a potential move.
However, it seems as though the German will now end his four-year stay at Anfield and link-up with the Serie A giants on a free transfer after the World Cup.
“Emre Can is a huge coup, even more so because he’ll arrive on a free transfer. Marotta and Paratici have done very well,” Federico Pastorello is reported as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
He added: “Juventus are a club that attract champions, and important signals are coming from the German.”