Stuart Pearce says signing free agent Patrice Evra was a “no-brainer” for West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, the Hammers’ assistant boss backed the 36-year-old to have a huge impact on the squad.
Evra, who was sacked by Marseille last year for kicking a supporter in the head before a Europa League game, signed a short-term deal with the Premier League club on Wednesday.
The former France international won the Premier League title on five occasions at Manchester United , while has also lifted the Champions League and two Serie A titles in a glittering career.
"He has got a vast amount of experience," said Pearce. "His reputation goes before him as obviously a man that galvanises the group in many ways. He is very good around the dresisng room.
"The experience he has got and the ability on top of that, it was almost a no-brainer for us.
"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.”