Thursday January 2 2014
Roma back in for Heitinga

Roma are back in pole position to sign John Heitinga after the Everton defender turned down West Ham.

The 30-year-old Dutchman has been linked with the Giallorossi for several weeks, but appeared to be heading to the Hammers.

“At my age it’s important to make the right decisions,” said Heitinga in a statement. “Then it’s not all about the money, as that wasn’t a problem at West Ham United.

“You have to be fully convinced that you will make the right step and I didn’t have that. Therefore I have cancelled West Ham United and we will now wait for the interest of other clubs.

“The interest is there already, so I am confident I will find another club before January 31st. I want to play every game again, as I am still hungry for the ball.

“I am fully fit and a player on top of my strengths. I want to go to the World Cup in Brazil. I know that national Coach Louis Van Gaal requires his selected players playing weekly.

“At the moment, that's not the situation at Everton and therefore I am now looking for other options to get a successful continuation of my career.”

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