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 By Mike Whalley

Heitinga says no to West Ham move

Everton defender John Heitinga has revealed that he has turned down a move to struggling West Ham.

Heitinga, 30, who is out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of the season, has been told he can leave.

He has made no secret of his wish to play regularly in order to win a place in Netherlands' World Cup squad, having made just two appearances for Everton this season -- both in the Capital One Cup.

West Ham were keen to sign him and a deal had looked set to go through following the opening of the transfer window on Jan. 1.

But in a statement released through his agents, Sport Promotion, Heitinga said he had decided against a move to the capital.

The statement said: "At my age, it's important to make the right decisions. 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 [the move to] 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 Jan. 31."

Heitinga, who joined Everton from Atletico Madrid for 6.2 million pounds in 2009, has been linked with Newcastle.

He added: "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."

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