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West Ham boss Moyes: Pat Evra a real man

West Ham boss David Moyes is confident new signing Patrice Evra can make an impact this season.

Moyes wrote for the London Evening Standard: "The transfer window may have shut but we added a player to our squad this week — someone of top quality on and off the pitch.

"I wanted 'Pat' Evra for a number of reasons, not least because he has great leadership qualities; he is someone who motivates the dressing room.

"Also, I just felt that with Arthur Masuaku still having four games to serve of his suspension — and if we lost Aaron Cresswell at any time — we would be very short down the left-hand side.

"I've known Pat, I've worked with him at Manchester United and I know what he is capable of.

"Yes, he's 36 years old and hasn't played since November but he has been training regularly and hard since he left Marseille — he has been out in Dubai with his fitness coach for the past month so he is in good condition.

"When I was at Manchester United, Pat was a really good pro. The biggest compliment I can pay him is that he is a man, he will stand up, he's honest but he will take responsibility.

"Ideally, he can play in any of the three left-sided positions for us — as a centre- back on the left of a three, as a left-back or as a wing-back as he did for Juventus.With Arthur missing for six games, I felt we had lost a little bit of balance down our left side so, with Pat here, it just adds to our options."

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