Patrice Evra thanked West Ham for Dimitri Payet development

Patrice Evra of Juventus in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and Juventus at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 22, 2016 in Seville, Spain.

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Patrice Evra on a free transfer.

Olympique de Marseille French defender Patrice Evra (L) and Olympique de Marseille's French forward Dimitri Payet (R) warm up ahead of the French L1 football match Olympique de Marseille...

West Ham United look set to sign Patrice Evra on a free transfer. According to The Daily Mail, the Hammers are in talks to secure the services of the former Manchester United left-back, who is reported to have visited the London club’s training ground on Tuesday.

Evra knows English football inside out and is one of the best left-backs to have played for United in the Premier League era.

The former France international also has respect and admiration for West Ham, as the following comments about Dimitri Payet show.

(From L) France's defender Patrice Evra, speaks with midfielder Dimitri Payet and forward Karim Benzema before a training session in Clairefontaine on March 23, 2015 on the first day of...

Back in June 2016 during the 2016 European Championship in France, Evra thanked West Ham for the development of Payet

The 30-year-old France international, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, was on the books of the Hammers at the time and had taken the Premier League by storm during the 2015-16 season.

Evra told The Daily Mail on June 11, 2016 following France’s 2-1 victory over Romania in which Payet had scored the stunning winner: “It was amazing but I think you have to say thanks to West Ham because he went to the Premier League, where it is a different game.

“You can see now that he takes responsibility. When he has to shoot, he shoots and he has scored some great goals.”

From left: French defender Patrice  Evra, forward Dimitri Payet, midfielder Blaise Matuidi and midfielder Moussa Sissoko train on March 25, 2015, on the eve of the team's friendly football...

Payet returned to Marseille in January 2017, with West Ham getting paid £25 million in transfer fees for the Frenchman, according to The Telegraph.

West Ham fans will surely be pleased to know that Evra acknowledged the contribution of the club to the development of Payet.

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