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Newcastle Now Linked With Dutch International

8:48 am, Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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.

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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.

What do you think?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target





10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonMatt // Jan 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    He’s not good enough for Everton so why are we linked with him?

  • 2 total toonage // Jan 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Cos colo is out for 6 weeks and Taylor is crap, therefor we need cover… Simples. Although I agree and don’t think he’s all that.

  • 3 bigmattyn // Jan 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Just putting out there Ashley, Kinnear, Pardew, how about a striker? Ya know, someone who can put the ball in the net? Because the way I see it if we don’t get someone that can bang in 20 a season we can say goodbye to having much of a future in the top 8 of the Premiership.

  • 4 Markaccus // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    5 years ago thos would have been a good signing. Cant get a game at toffee land so it suggests he is just about finished as a prem player.

  • 5 jazzyp // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Morning gents
    I was hoping that this story would have gone away by this morning to be honest.
    total toonage-Heitinga has stated himself that he will only move to a club that can guarantee him first team football with the world cup looming,And there is no way we will offer him that.
    Colo when fit,willo-mym-taylor and even dummnett should be put in front of this guy.
    As toonmat said if he is not good enough for everton why be linked with us !!

  • 6 jimmysmith // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I suppose you’d hope Curtis Goode is now capable of covering as 4th choice for a few weeks after two full seasons with the club along with the full season he played in the emerging A league before that.

  • 7 Tsunki // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Saylor is crap now,is he? This blog is priceless for the way it can build up a head of steam. A good cb who had a few so-so games sandwiched by injury. He had countless good games for us when he was sorely needed.

  • 8 jazzyp // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Jimmysmith
    Or Remy streete or even morgan for that matter.Its no good just signing fringe players and just floating mid table………we need players that will take the club forward and heitinga is definitely not that.

  • 9 geordiemark // Jan 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    they mide as well come and sign me then this dutch player hes even scored an own goal v us couple of years ago thanks for that :)

  • 10 Sav // Jan 3, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Calm down. Its only in a tweet from David Sullivan’s son has Heitinga at the Toon. All Heitinga said was he wasn’t going to go to West Ham. The rest is BS.




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