Jose Fonte believes that his new West Ham United team-mate Patrice Evra will be a great addition to the side.

The former France international penned a deal at the London Stadium earlier this week, three months after being sacked by Marseille over a confrontation with a fan prior to a Europa League fixture in November.

Evra’s arrival has attracted much attention, not least because the former Manchester United star is now 36 and arguably past his best.

However, Fonte, who is 34 himself, does not think that age will prove a barrier to the five-time Premier League winner being a hit in East London.

“Patrice is a proven player, a very good professional and keeps himself fit, as we can all see and it’s good to have him in the team,” the ex-Southampton star told the Irons’ official website.

“He’s going to help us massively, without a doubt.

“Age means nothing, so if you live life right and have the right mental attitude, like he does, you’ll be successful.

“He still has a lot to offer, so well done to the club on the signing.”

Fonte knows what it takes to be a success in his later years in professional football, having been 28 by the time he won promotion to the Premier League with the Saints.

He made his debut for the Portugal national team at the age of 30 in 2014 and went on to help his country triumph at the European Championships two years later.

Evra, meanwhile, has been bought in largely to provide cover for Arthur Masuaku, who will be absent until mid-March through suspension.

Nonetheless, manager David Moyes talked up the Senegal-born star’s leadership qualities in a column for the Evening Standard and did not rule out naming him in the team for the Premier League clash with Watford this weekend.

The Hammers will be aiming to beat the Hornets and bring to an end their three-game winless streak in the top flight.