Patrice Evra has completed his free transfer to West Ham after three months out of the game.
The 36-year-old arrived at the club’s training complex on Wednesday morning, signing a short-term deal with the Hammers until the end of the season.
Everton were also said to be interested in the French left-back but he chose a move to the London Stadium instead.
Evra has experience in the Premier League as he was a first team regular for eight years with Manchester United, including the 2013/14 season alongside current West Ham manager David Moyes. The left-back made 379 appearances with the club and won five Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League, three League Cups, five Community Shields and the Club World Cup during his time there.
The Frenchman was sacked by Marseille and banned by UEFA following his controversial kick on a fan, who he believed was abusing him at Marseille’s Europa League defeat to Vitoria on November 2 last year.
UEFA charged the 36-year-old under article 15 of their disciplinary regulations, which deals with the misconduct of players, banning him from their European club competitions until June 2018.
The ban only relates to UEFA tournaments and does not prevent Evra from playing in any domestic competitions, including the Premier League.
Evra had joined Marseille in January last year on a free transfer, signing an 18-month contract after ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at Juventus.
He told West Ham’s official 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 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!”
A message from Patrice Evra: pic.twitter.com/AjEz7A6Gxg
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 7, 2018
Evra says he jumped at the chance to sign for West Ham once he was made aware of the opportunity to be reunited with Moyes and return to the Premier League.
“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!”
Evra has been given the number 27 shirt and could make his debut against Watford this weekend.