Would beating Everton to Daniel Opare finally show long-term West Ham planning?

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes looks on before the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at the American Express...

West Ham United are reportedly close to edging Premier League rivals Everton to Bundesliga right-back Daniel Opare, who has shone for Augsburg.

Olympique de Marseille new football player France's Patrice Evra answers journalists' questions during a press conference on January 26, 2017 at the Robert-Louis Dreyfus stadium in...

You can see why West Ham fans are a little concerned by the shock signing of free-agent Patrice Evra.

The Hammers brought in a number of experienced Premier League pros during the summer, only for the fans to discover that this was essentially code for over-the-hill has-beens whose best years are well behind them.

See Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and, to a lesser extent, Javier Hernandez. Evra, a 36-year-old who was without a club after Marseille sacked him for kicking a fan, certainly falls into the same category.

TOPSHOT - Teammates try to calm down Marseille's defender Patrice Evra (back L) as he tries to kick a supporter before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC...

Although at least the same cannot be said of the next full-back West Ham are expected to welcome to the London Stadium. As reported by Soka25, the Hammers are close to agreeing a deal for FC Augsburg right-back Daniel Opare, who has just six months left on his contract.

And, unlike Evra, his best years appear to be ahead of him. The Ghana international may have had previous spells at Real Madrid and Porto but he is in the form of his life in the Bundesliga, evidenced by the fact that he has been on the radar of a number of other English clubs of late.

Soka 25 claim that Everton are also keen on a player who, like current Toffees right-back Seamus Coleman, is renowned for his aggressive attacking bursts and constant energy on the flanks.

Leverkusen's German midfielder Julian Brandt (L) and Augsburg's Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg vs...

Yes, West Ham fans may point to the fact that Opare is another freebie signing, perhaps hinting once again at a lack of ambition from the under-fire owners.

But, on the other hand, he is an improving player and a signing not just for the immediate future but for the long-term as well.

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