Holland international defender John Heitinga is linked with Norwich City transfer

Everton's Johnny Heitinga and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (front) battle for the ball during a Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. Everton's Johnny Heitinga and Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (front) battle for the ball during a Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Monday, January 6, 2014
9:40 AM

Norwich City are reported to be interested in signing out-of-favour Everton defender John Heitinga.

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John Heitinga of Everton and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.John Heitinga of Everton and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

The 31-year-old Dutchman, who has been capped 87 times by his country, has featured just three times for the Toffees so far this season and looked set to sign for West Ham United last week.

However the former Ajax and Atlético Madrid player pulled the plug on the deal and is now considering his options.

“The deal has been cancelled,” Heitinga said of the West Ham move last week. “This has nothing to do with money, but is only about the feeling I got.

“This might be the most important decision of my career, so everything has to be just right. We reached the conclusion that this is not the case after we held talks.”

Everton's Johnny Heitinga (right) and West Ham United's Kevin Nolan (left) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. Picture:: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.Everton's Johnny Heitinga (right) and West Ham United's Kevin Nolan (left) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. Picture:: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.

Heitinga has played for Everton 138 times since arriving for an estimated £6m fee in September 2009, scoring four times, and plays mainly as a centre-back but has also been used as a defensive midfielder at times.

Heitinga has not featured in the Premier League for Everton yet and looks unlikely to feature for Holland during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, having not featured for his country since October 2012.

The Daily Mail is now touting the Canaries as being interested in Heitinga, but also claims Fulham, Newcastle and Roma maintain an interest in the defender.

He has played three times so far this season, twice in the Capital One Cup and as an 83rd-minute substitute during Everton’s 4-0 win against QPR in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

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11 comments

  • Surrey: Not particularly from what I remember (only seen him twice tho). I recall him being one tough nut. Mattias: Fair enough. The Everton site on NewsNow speaks very highly of him btw

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • A bit perplexed why he would join us. Probably fall through once RVW has told him how bad the coaching staff are at Norwich.

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    andys

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Is he really any better than what we've got already though? Seems very much in the same mould as Bassong and Turner, good on his day but prone to the odd mistake or two per game...

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • He has a good pedigree and at 31 is coming to the end of his career. By coming here he would expect to get more games. It must be very frustrating to train all week and not get a game.

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    stormy

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Yeah, the everton fans speak quite highly of him too. Just cant seem to get a look in. Fell out of favour under Moyes last season and hasnt got back in, but to be fair jags & distin have been superb for them so not surprising really. Who would he dislodge though? I know most fans would say "easy turner" but think about it with your Messiah Chris Hughton head on. I honestly dont see him signing a centre back. Bassong has been off form but clearly capable of faaaaar better as we saw last season. Turner is decent but not spectacular and in my eyes Ryan Bennett is a massive prospect with huge potential. Where does Heitinga fit?

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • We may see ourselves as a sinking ship but quite obviously West Ham are viewed worse off than us at present.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • "Obviously he see's West Ham as a sinking ship"... So he won't be joining us either then will he?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • How quick is he?

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • As long as the Fee isn't crazy i'd be all for this move should he choose us. Where were at size wise and stature wise he'd provide superb competition and experience in multiple positions. The thing is I doubt there is any truth in this. Hughton seems dead set on Bassong and Turner being his first choice centre backs (judging by how he always drops Ryan Bennett as soon as one returns from injury or suspension). Yes Heitinga can play DMC but were also quite stocked there too really. Obviously there is always the chance that despite all this Hughton just feels hes better than what we've got meaning ultimately he will come in and dislodge even the most "first name on the team sheet" tyre player. Who knows. Either way with the current displays and results im seeing under Hughton im all for any quality players coming in. From the comments from the player where ever he goes it isn't just a journeyman ready to pick up his last pay check. As he said its the biggest decision of his career. Obviously he see's West Ham as a sinking ship.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Agree. Tettey is a decent player but like Pilks is starting to spend more time on the treatment table than actually on the pitch for us. Maybe we've appointed that chelsea physio (google her lol) and thats why the lads want to spend more time out injured than playing ;) either way Heitinga provides excellant comp in DMC & DC. When I go through players that are what i'd call "Hoots Favs" id certainly place Turner and Mr Snodgrass very high on that list. Heitinga is a player though that clearly is on par or better than what we have though. At the right price I wouldn't be against any proven quality coming in.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Mattias - Wise words as usual mate. But I think Hughton could see Heitinga as better than Turner, or hopefully as better than Johnson. Could Heitinga as DMC let Fer play his more preferred role? A-la Tettey before his injury?

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    MancCanary

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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