There were some rumors that Newcastle were interested in taking Everton’s Dutch International John Heitinga in January, and at the beginning of last month West Ham had said he had turned them down because he wanted to join Newcastle.
Johnny Heitinga – free agent in the summer
Johnny finally went to Fulham, but Newcastle are still being linked with a potential move for Heitinga in the summer, should Fulham be relegated this season.
Heitinger would come fairly cheap, in fact he’s only on a six month deal at Fulham and will be a free agent in the summer, so whether or not Fulham are relegated. he’s still a free agent this summer.
Johnny started his career at Ajax and first played for the first team in 2001 when he was just 17, and he then joined Atletico Madrid in 2008, after playing for Ajax 215 times with 24 goals.
And when you look at the back-up have at center-back at Newcastle, we are still not strong enough in that position, with both Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa struggling for form this season.
And it could be that Fab Coloccini will return to Buenos Aries this summer, so even though the Dutchman is now 30, we still think he would be a decent acquisition and could do a job for Newcastle, mainly as a squad player.
He can also play as a defensive midfielder, and could be a back up to Cheick Tiote, although Newcastle could face some competition from Turkish club Galatasaray, who are also said to be interested in the Dutch International.
He would be a decent acquisition as a free agent, even though he doesn’t fit the profile of players Mike Ashley likes to bring into Newcastle – players who are usually 26 years old or younger.
What do you think?
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