Toffees could come unstuck in battle to keep Hitzlsperger as Eintracht Frankfurt line up bid
23:20 GMT, 31 December 2012
Eintracht Frankfurt want Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.
The 30-year-old Germany international is out of contract this month as he only signed a short-term deal after joining as a free agent.
Everton manager David Moyes is contemplating giving him a fresh contract after his performances in recent weeks but his resources are limited.
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That could change if Galatasaray firm up interest in defender John Heitinga with a bid. The 29-year-old is keen to leave and Gala and Fenerbahce who – are also showing interest in West Brom defender Jonas Olsson – have been monitoring his situation since the summer.
His agent Rob Jansen last week said: 'Heitinga is definitely not happy with what it happening at Everton and we don't hide that. He is looking at a solution. When an appropriate situation arises for a transfer, we will certainly not ignore it.'
Meanwhile, Everton scouts have watched 22-year-old Moreirense striker Nabil Ghilas. The Algerian has a French passport and has scored seven goals in 12 games this season.