Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has rejected a move to fellow Premier League club West Ham United.

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heitinga bWest Ham United had reportedly agreed a deal for the Dutchman, who’s contract is up in the summer, but the player has told the BBC that he was not convinced by the move.

Heitinga said, “You have to be convinced that you are taking the right step and I was not,”

“It is not about money because that was not the problem with a move to West Ham. I’m confident I will find another club before 31 January.”

The 30-year-old joined Everton from Atletico Madrid for £7 million in 2009, but has fallen out of favour with new manager Roberto Martinez, and has failed to make a single Premier League appearances this season.

Due to his lack of first team action, Heitinga has lost his place in the Netherlands national team, and needs to leave Everton if he has any chance of making next summer’s World Cup.

Despite earlier suggestions, Newcastle United have denied interest in the defender, while a move to Italy with Roma could be an option.

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