Transfer news

Heitinga on verge of West Ham move

December 31, 2013
By Mike Whalley

John Heitinga is set for talks with West Ham this week as he bids to secure a move away from Everton.

Johnny Heitinga celebrates his late winner against Bolton
PA PhotosHeitinga: Out in the cold at Goodison.

The Netherlands defender is out of contract at Goodison Park this summer, and manager Roberto Martinez is prepared to let him go.

Sources have told ESPN that injury-hit West Ham, who have no fit central defenders, are keen on a deal for the 30-year-old, and he is set to complete a permanent move after the transfer window opens on Wednesday.

Heitinga has made clear that he needs regular first-team football to help his bid for a place in Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad at the World Cup. He has not figured at all for Everton in the Premier League this season, with his only two appearances coming in the Capital One Cup.

The defender told Dutch newspaper Voetbal International: "I am flattered by the interest of West Ham. Since the market opens this week, it's clear that I have to make an important decision. I want to be at the World Cup and to realise that I have to play. Only then I can make it difficult for Louis van Gaal."

Heitinga was Everton's Player of the Year in 2011-12 but his form dipped considerably last season and he lost his place in the team.

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