Newcastle were said to be favorites yesterday to sign Everton captain Phil Jagielka, after Newcastle were odds on in the betting at SkyBet to sign the English International center-back, but that move made no sense from either Everton’s or Newcastle’s point of view.
John Heitinga – Newcastle have bid for this player?
But perhaps what caused punters to make those bets was activity between Newcastle and Everton in the transfer market, and there is news today that Newcastle may be interested in Everton’s Dutch International John Heitinga, who turned 30 years old in November and has played for Holland 87 times.
The Dutchman was supposed to sign for West Ham recently , but after everything was agreed between the two clubs, the Dutchman turned down the move. but that can always happen to a club who are second bottom of the league and fighting against relegation.
It seems that Newcastle have been alerted to the availability of Heitinga, who doesn’t seem to fit into Everton manager Roberto Martinez’ plans for the Toffees, and he has played only twice so far this season.
The news is that Newcastle have made an offer for the Dutchman, and while he is experienced and can play either at center-back, right-back or defensive midfield, he is past his best and probably on high wages, and that’s a type of player that Mike Ashley has been unwilling to sign in the past.
However, he would be an experienced squad player who could come into the side and do a job for Newcastle.
Heitinga came through the Ajax Youth Academy and made his debut as a 17 year-old back in 2001, and he played for Ajax 215 times with 24 goals before moving the Atletico Madrid in 2008, where he stayed one season and played 37 times for the Spanish side.
He signed for Everton in 2009 for just over £6M and has played 137 times with four goals for Everton, and for a low fee and reasonable wages he could be a decent squad player for Newcastle.
And that could be possible because his contract runs out next June, but we’d still be surprised if he ends up on Tyneside.
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