Having conceded 11 goals in their past 7 games, 2009 Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg (now under ex-England manager Steve McClaren) will be looking to toughen up the defence .
As such, it is being rumoured that McClaren is weighing up a new year bid for Everton defender and World Cup finalist John Heitinga.
Heitinga was a rock for The Toffees in the latter half of the 2009/10 season when an impressive recovery was mounted to lift them from a relegation battle at Christmas to a European near-miss, and a substantial defence contributed greatly towards this.
As such, David Moyes will be making every effort to keep the Dutchman at Goodison Park where his services continue to be valued, especially in light of defender Sylvain Distin’s erratic form.
It is bemusing as to why he has sometimes been played out of his natural position, but Heitinga’s patience could be wearing thin if this persists, and the fuse may be even shorter if the win over Birmingham City was just a false dawn in a so far abysmal season.
But more chilling news is afoot, as Heitinga has also admitted he is interested in joining giants Bayern Munich for consistent European action. Speaking to Voetbal International, he said:
“It’s hard for me to say how serious the reported interest is at the moment. I know that Bayern haven’t approached Everton yet and they haven’t contacted me either.
“I have to admit that I feel flattered that I’m being linked with a big club such as Bayern Munich though. I’d definitely be interested in joining them. They play Champions League football and I’m still eligible to play in the competition, since we don’t play European football with Everton.
“Every footballer wants to reach the top and I’m already 27-years-old. So this could be the right moment. You never know what will happen, especially in the world of football.”
If the unthinkable should happen and Heitinga does desert Everton, then Moyes may look to bring in Manchester United defender John O’Shea, who is seemingly bound for the Old Trafford exit door.
Is it really that unreasonable to call Everton the “Manchester United retirement home”?
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