Stuart Pearce has said it was a “no-brainer” for West Ham to sign free agent Patrice Evra, according to talkSPORT.

The 36-year-old was signed by West Ham yesterday on a deal until the end of the season as they look to avoid the drop to the Championship.

Evra was sacked by his former club Marseille after kicking a supporter prior to a Europa League game earlier in the season.

The Frenchman had a fine first spell in England at Manchester United, winning the Premier League on five separate occasions.

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Evra is keen to get his career back on track after some struggles in the last couple of years in what looks like being the final move of his career.

The former England U21 manager Pearce spoke about the situation of the player, who arrived yesterday, in an interview with talkSPORT.

He has got a vast amount of experience. His reputation goes before him as obviously a man that galvanises the group in many ways. He is very good around the dressing room.

The experience he has got and the ability on top of that, it was almost a no-brainer for us.

He continued by discussing why there was an allure with regards to recruiting the ex-Juventus man.

He is a natural left-sided player, he is decent in the air as well. Everyone knows about his strengths and we were unanimous that it was going to be a good thing to bring him into the club.

David brought it up to the coaching staff and everyone saw it as a real positive to bring him into the group. You are bringing a top character into the group that will certainly benefit the squad.