Everton have entered the race for free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger. David Moyes will compete with Wolves, Wigan and Aston Villa for the German’s signature, after the midfielder had his contract terminated at West Ham.
It was stipulated in the contract Hitzlsperger signed with the Hammers in 2010 that in the event of relegation, he would be able to leave the club for free.
Last week, Hitzlsperger held talks with Wolves over a proposed move to Molyneux but nothing materialised and the former Stuttgart man left without signing.
David Moyes is very interested in the midfielder as he is available for free. Cheif Executive Robert Elstone confirmed this week the club were looking at a number of loan possibilities, and Hitzlsperger could well be one of those in mind.
Hitzlsperger would add balance to an Everton midfield that currently boasts only one natural left-footer, but may be forced into a position out wide to accommodate him.
Hitzelsperger was thought to be on the radar of new Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish who hoped to return the midfielder to the club where he made his name in England.
But McLeish revealed in the past few days that if a deal with Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia can be completed, which looks very likely, Villa are unlikely to do any more business.
Wigan of course would be hoping for midfield talent to replace N’Zogbia if and when he moves on. A free transfer for a quality midfielder would represent great business for them.
Hitzlsperger’s direct approach and his exceptional shooting ability would make him a valuable commodity for any team. The player certainly has the ability to play in the Premiership.