West Ham have completed the signing of social media hero Patrice Evra, snapping up the former Manchester United left-back until the end of the season.
The 36-year-old has been a free agent since November, when his last club Marseille terminated his contract after he was involved in an *clears throat* altercation with a supporter.
Still, everyone seems rather happy with the deal.
Well, mostly everyone.
The deal certainly does seem like a strange one, with the Hammers already well-stocked in the left-back department, with Arthur Masuaku, Aaron Cresswell and Sam Byram already on the books.
Evra also has history with Hammers boss David Moyes, who worked together at United before departing for Juventus in 2014.
But mostly, the signing has raised a few eyebrows surrounding West Ham’s recruitment policy, with co-chairman David Sullivan saying in December that the club would not be signing anymore players over the age of 30.
In a quote that’s resurfaced over the last 24 hours, Sullivan said: “We will have to bring in two or three players.
“We have to bring in new blood who will die for the club.
“They won’t be old journeymen, they will be young, energetic, fired-up players.
“They might be 26 or 27, they might be 23, but they won’t be 32.”
To be fair to Sullivan, Evra’s 36 and not 32.
In fact, he’s set to become the club’s oldest outfield Premier League debutante since Teddy Sheringham back in 2005.
Policy; it’s there to be broken.
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