Report: Patrice Evra back training with West Ham

Olympique de Marseille French defender Patrice Evra acknowledges the crowd following the French L1 football match between Marseille (OM) and Bastia (SCB) on May 20, 2017, at the Velodrome...

West Ham United released Patrice Evra in the summer after a short spell with the Hammers, but he is now back training at the London Stadium.

West Ham United's French defender Patrice Evra (C) vies with Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (L) and Manchester City's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (R) during the...

According to a report from Football London, Patrice Evra is back training with West Ham as he looks to build his fitness up, but the agreement is not expected to lead to a contract at the London Stadium for the defender.

The news that the 37-year-old is back with the club may not go down particularly well amongst some Hammers supporters. His brief spell saw him make just five appearances for the Irons before he was released in the summer and his three starts all ended in 4-1 defeats.

 

Football London reports that Evra has returned to train with West Ham and featured alongside Angelo Ogbonna at centre-back in a training ground game against Queens Park Rangers. Javier Hernandez would score for the Irons, but the Championship side ultimately won 3-1.

The report adds that Evra earning a new contract at West Ham is a possibility that is not being considered by the Premier League side, and he is hoping to improve his chances of earning a move elsewhere this season.

Patrice Evra of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

West Ham may currently have no intention of discussing anything more substantial with Evra, but his critics may fear that the door will not be fully closed on a second spell while he remains at the club in any capacity. 

It would not be a disaster if Manuel Pellegrini ultimately decided to bring him in as cover - though they certainly do not appear to need him currently - but given the wages that he may well demand, it would arguably make a lot more sense to look elsewhere on the market or even promote another rising starlet rather than turn to Evra for a second time if circumstances dictated that Pellegrini did need to bolster his options at left-back. 

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