'Heitinga is certainly not happy' – Everton defender's agent hints at move

Everton defender John Heitinga is unhappy at the club and will consider the possibility of a move away, according to his agent Rob Jansen.

Heitinga has made just eight league starts for the Toffees this season, after finding himself behind Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka in the fight for a starting berth at centre-back.

And the Dutchman’s representative has admitted that his client, whose contract at Goodison Park expires in the summer, would be open to a January exit.

“Heitinga is certainly not happy about how things are going at Everton,” Jansen told VI Radio.

“We don’t have to be mysterious about that. We’ll be looking for a solution. If the right situation is there, we certainly wouldn’t ignore the chance of a transfer.”

The 29-year-old Netherlands international signed for Everton in 2009 and has appeared more than 100 times for David Moyes’ side.

Alex and Quaresma were mistreated in Turkey, claims Recber

Former Besiktas goalkeeper Rustu Recber has slammed his ex-club and Fenerbahce for rescinding the deals of Alex and Ricardo Quaresma, respectively.

The Yellow Canaries decided to terminate the contract of the Brazilian in October, while the Portuguese was released by the Black Eagles in December, and the former Turkey international believes the clubs will live to regret these decisions.

“Both sides [Fenerbahce and Alex] have made mistakes. Alex had been a very helpful player for Fenerbahce,” the 39-year-old told Milliyet Gazete.

“He should’ve seen the end of this season in Turkey. The timing was completely wrong. Aziz Yildirim’s decision to terminate his contract has come out of anger and it was also wrong.”

Regarding Quaresma’s recent departure, the goalkeeper added: “If he [Quaresma] had played throughout the season, maybe Besiktas could be leaders now.

“I don’t understand why he was sacrificed so suddenly. This is also a marketing mistake. They made him lost his value.”

He then took the time to criticise Fenerbahce coach Aykut Kocaman’s transfer policy, claiming that his big-name signings have not made much of a difference.

“His [Kocaman’s] additions were a hit-and-miss. Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Raul Meireles and Milos Krasic have all been insufficient for the team. That’s a mistake on the one who made those transfers,” he concluded.

Hulk defends decision to join Zenit St Petersburg

Hulk has defended his decision to leave Porto in the summer to join Zenit St Petersburg.

The Brazil striker joined the club for €50 million, but struggled to settle in his new surroundings, with his inconsistent form on the pitch marred by dressing-room disagreements.

However, the 26-year-old recently stated that he had resolved his differences with the club, and has now made clear it that he has no regrets over making the move from Portugal.

“I decided to go to Zenit because I had won almost every competition at Porto and I like new challenges in my career. I hope I can carry on winning like that in the near future,” Hulk told O Estado de Sao Paolo.

“I am getting used to my new home. Now I need to focus on football. The biggest challenge in Russia was the cold weather at first but after playing games at -12, I think I am settling down quickly.

“We will fight for the title in the Russian league and try to win the Europa League.”

Zenit captain Igor Denisov publicly criticised the decision to spend huge sums on the Brazil attacker and midfielder Axel Witsel, but Hulk insists that such issues are now firmly in the past.

“He [Denisov] never said anything to me. They talked among themselves and the board did not like it because it became public. But that is in the past,” Hulk continued.

“Today we have a good relationship. All this was overcome. We have no more problems.”

Birmingham confirm Liverpool talks with Butland

Birmingham City acting chairman Peter Pannu has confirmed that Liverpool are in talks with goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The highly-rated keeper is being touted by the Merseyside club as a replacement for Pepe Reina, as Goal.com exclusively revealed earlier this month.

With the Championship side struggling financially since their relegation from the Premier League, they may be forced to sell some of their most prized assests in order to keep afloat.

And acting chairman at St. Andrews, Pannu, has confirmed that Liverpool are interested in the young goalkeeper, however they’re not the only club who are keen on the England international.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “I understand there are talks with Liverpool, I understand that Everton might be interested, Southampton gave me an offer in the past, I know not whether they want him.

“What I can say is that – and I might be blasted for this by the fans – but no one is for sale and everyone is available. As in any club.

“Give me a £15 million offer for Jack Butland, can I say no?

“I have rejected £6m from Southampton [in the summer] but I rejected it when our finances were OK.

“As the time is ticking, I might not be able to reject it if I get something similar.”

Holtby confirms intention to leave Schalke

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby has confirmed his intention to leave the German club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

As exclusively revealed by Goal.com on Thursday, the 22-year-old has decided against renewing his current contract, which expires in the summer, after failing to reach an agreement with the Bundesliga outfit.

The former Alemannia Aachen star had been locked in negotiations with his employers for a number of months but, after team-mate and Holland international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar agreed a new deal earlier in December, the club feel they can afford to let the Liverpool and Arsenal target leave.The club’s general manager, and former player, Horst Heldt, indicated that Schalke respect the German’s personal decision but is confident that he can still play a vital role in the remainder of the team’s season.“We wished that Lewis [Holtby] saw his future at Schalke,” he told their official website. “But like Klaas-Jan now he has made a personal decision that we respect.

“We are sure that he will give [everything] up to the last day of the season to make the contribution of our team successful.”

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is interested in the midfielder and now looks set to secure the services of Holtby in the summer, however they are sure to face competition for the boyhood Everton fan.

A whole host of Europe’s top teams are said to be interested including Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, with Arsenal the other Premier League outfit reportedly linked with a move.