Manchester United have signed Monaco defender Patrice Evra in deal reported to be worth £5.5m.

The 24-year-old left-back has passed a medical and signed a contract which will keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2009.

Evra had been in dispute at Monaco and was also a target for Inter, who saw a £3.5m bid turned down last week.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “We have been monitoring him all season and it is fantastic he is joining us.

“He is a good age and he is still developing as a player, which is always exciting.”

Evra becomes United’s second signing of the transfer window, following the arrival last week of Serbian centre-half Nemanja Vidic.

Ferguson sees Evra as a solution to his problems at left-back following Gabriel Heinze’s long-term injury.

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