Heitinga rejects West Ham offer

, 2 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
West Ham's bid to sign John Heitinga from Everton has collapsed at the last minute after the defender pulled out of the move, saying that the switch to Upton Park was not the right option.

The 30 year-old's free transfer to the Hammers after four years at Goodison Park looked set to be concluded today after a deal was agreed between the two clubs but Heitinga will now await firm interest from other clubs.

"At my age it is important to make the right choices," the Dutch international said in a statement from his representatives, Sport Promotion, that also reportedly cited West Ham's current position in the relegation zone as a factor in his decision.

"Then it is not just about money, because that was not a problem at West Ham United.

"You must be convinced that you are making a right step and that (thought) was with me, so I cancelled (the move to) West Ham and we now await the interest of other clubs.

"There is some, so I'm confident that I can find another club before January 31."

Having not figured for Roberto Martinez's side in the Premier League so far this season, Heitinga is keen to play regular first-team football to bolster his bid to be part of the Netherlands' World Cup squad this summer. He was not impressed with West Ham's initial offer of a six-month deal, either.

"I want to play in every game again, because I still have a huge appetite for the ball," Heitinga said. "I am fit and, as a footballer, in the prime of my life.

"Moreover, I would like later to go to the World Cup in Brazil. I know that coach Louis van Gaal more or less has the condition that the players he selects are playing every week. This is not happening at Everton, so I'm looking at other options for a successful continuation of my career."

There has been reported interest in Heitinga's services from Italy, with Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina said to be interested, while Newcastle have emerged as potential suitors from England.

"His future may lie in England, but he is also open to a departure to another top league in Europe," the Sport Promotion statement went on to say.

Quotes or other material sourced from The Telegraph

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