Date: 10th January 2006 at 12:48pm
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Patrice Evra has come through his medical and signed a three-and-a-half year deal with United.


United are thought to have paid Monaco around £5million for the 24-year-old, who should now go straight into Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad for Wednesday night’s Carling Cup tie with Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Evra, who will be handed the vacant squad number three, is also capable of operating in midfield, United see their most recent purchase mainly as a left-back.

It is a position they have had trouble filling since Gabriel Heinze ruptured cruciate ligaments in September.

With Heinze out for the remainder of the season, Evra will be given the opportunity to make a defensive slot his own and try to push himself forward for a recall into the French World Cup squad this summer.

The Under-21 international won the last of his five senior caps in 2002, since when he has been ignored by France coach Raymond Domenech.

Ferguson: ‘He is a good age and he is still developing as a player, which is always exciting. We have been monitoring him all season and it is fantastic that he is joining Manchester United.’

Inter Milan were also interested in landing the Senegal-born player, who joined Monaco from Nice in 2002.

However, Red Devils chief executive David Gill flew to the principality to clinch the deal on Thursday evening.