Heitinga joins Fulham on a free transfer

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Young Czech keeper arrives at Everton
Everton's acquisition of 17-year-old goalkeeping prospect Jindrich Stanek from Sparta Prague was the only incoming transfer of a very quiet transfer deadline day, while John Heitinga sealed a free transfer to Fulham.

The club agreed an officially undisclosed fee for the Czech youth international Stanek which, it is reported, could eventually be worth around 1m and he has penned a 2-year deal.

Heitinga's protracted negotiations weren't concluded until late in the evening and his switch to Craven Cottage was confirmed half an hour before the window closed.

Though Everton will receive no fee for the Dutch international, they will save roughly 1m in wages that he would have earned over the remaining few months of his contract.

Hopes had remained that the Blues would strengthen further amid rumoured moves for defender Niklas Moisander and Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez but neither deal came to fruition.

The prospect of Everton signing Michy Batshuayi was very briefly back on the boil after journalists in Belgium tweeted news of an imminent press conference regarding the 20 year-old. That followed rumours that a Belgian striker was the subject of bids from two Premier clubs but Standard Liege's manager quickly confirmed that Batshuayi was going nowhere.

Elsewhere,Aujourd'hui en France claimed that Bafetimbi Gomis rejected offers from Everton and Fulham this month. The French international's contract is up in the summer and he is believed to have chosen another destination in England at the end of the season.

Roberto Martinez was quizzed briefly by Sky Sports' reporter on location outside Finch Farm and explained that he was happy with the business he was able to get done in January,

"We're happy with what we've got," he said. "Two outstanding footballers [Traore and McGeady] and one for the future [Stanek].

Johnny [Heitinga] has left with our best wishes," he continued, "and we hope everything goes as planned and he can get in the World Cup squad."

Heitinga bade Evertonians farewell on Twitter, saying "I wanna thank all people of #Everton and the great fans for 4.5 unforgettable years."


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