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Everton"s Thomas Hitzlsperger wanted by Eintracht Frankfurt

Toffees could come unstuck in battle to keep Hitzlsperger as Eintracht Frankfurt line up bid

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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.

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

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.

Everton captain Phil Neville faces two months out after knee op

Toffees skipper Neville faces two months out after knee op

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18:06 GMT, 17 November 2012

Everton face being without captain Phil Neville for up to two months after the midfielder underwent a knee operation.

Manager David Moyes confirmed in a press conference after his team's Barclays Premier League at Reading that former England international Neville had surgery yesterday.

The news is a blow to a team already without Neville's fellow midfielder Darron Gibson, who missed a 10th successive match with a thigh problem as Everton lost 2-1 at previously winless Reading.

Sicknote: Everton skipper Phil Neville faces two months out

Sicknote: Everton skipper Phil Neville faces two months out

Moyes admitted that Neville's influence was missed as Reading fought back to win their first league game of the season.

'He (Neville) had an operation on his knee yesterday that could keep him out for six to eight weeks,' he said.

'His leadership was missed but we were missing quite a lot of senior players today and you could see that by our bench. Thomas Hitzlsperger did OK, not too bad.'

Everton are likely to be without 35-year-old Neville for a number of key matches in the coming weeks as they prepare to face Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham before Christmas.

Thomas Hitzlsperger on trial at Everton

Former Villa and West Ham midfielder Hitzlsperger on trial with Everton

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21:30 GMT, 24 September 2012

Thomas Hitzlsperger has started a two-week trial at Everton in the hope of securing a permanent deal.

Everton boss David Moyes has been monitoring the former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder, who has been without a club since being released by Wolfsburg in June, to see if he could give his squad some depth.

Hitzlsperger is not fit enough to be considered for a game of Tuesday night's intensity in the Capital One Cup at Leeds but the 30-year-old has a fortnight to convince Moyes he could do a job for him this season. Everton are currently without key holding midfielder Darron Gibson.

Under the Hammer: Hitzlsperger is on trial at Goodison Park

Under the Hammer: Hitzlsperger is on trial at Goodison Park

'I have been very pleased with him,' said Everton assistant manager Steve Round.

'Thomas is a long way off playing but we have given him the opportunity to come in and it is up to him now. We will assess him over the next couple of weeks.

'He seems a really good lad and I don't think I have seen him without a smile on his face. What will determine whether he gets a contract is his fitness. He has had a bad injury and we would want to see that he could sustain training.

'If he could do that, he would add quality and strength to our squad. He has got a history of playing at the highest level.'

Everton have made an impressive start to the Barclays Premier League season and Moyes will name a strong team for this evening's clash at Elland Road, in the hope of taking his club to the final of this competition for the first time since 1984.

Flying high: Everton have made a promising start to the season

Flying high: Everton have made a promising start to the season

Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo is expected to make his debut on the left wing and even though Nikica Jelavic has made a quick recovery from the knee injury he sustained against Newcastle last week, Victor Anichebe is set to start up front.

Anichebe has scored in Everton's last two games and is threatening to fulfil the potential that saw him make his debut for the club as an 18-year-old in 2006.

Blackburn and Wigan considered signing him during the last transfer window but he is now starting to make a significant contribution.

'The biggest nemesis to Victor has been himself,' said Round. 'He has got all the attributes to be a top centre-forward and there have been days when I have seen him and he has been unplayable. It is now starting to come together for him.

'The most important thing for him now is to stay injury free. If he can build on this, he could become a top Premier League striker. He has got the capabilities. We want to do well in this competition. I have won it before (with Middlesbrough in 2004) and it would mean a lot to do it again.'

Everton in for free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger

Moyes in for Hitzlsperger after Everton hit by injury crisis

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22:08 GMT, 14 September 2012

Everton are considering a move for out of contract midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to plug a worrying gap in their squad.

Manager David Moyes sanctioned a
one-month loan for Ross Barkley to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday but
will be without Darron Gibson for another two to three weeks, as the
Republic of Ireland international recovers from a ruptured thigh.

Free agent: Former West Ham and Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger

Free agent: Former West Ham and Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger

Moyes had hoped to take Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, 23, on loan from Brugge but that move was thwarted by FIFA after the Belgian club submitted their paperwork for the deal after the transfer deadline had passed.

But Moyes has been looking at players without a club and it is possible that he will add Hitzlsperger, 30, who is a free agent after leaving Wolfsburg but has played in the Barclays Premier League with Aston Villa and West Ham, to his ranks.

'I'm a bit worried we do need cover,' said Moyes. 'I've got to look at players who are out of contract to give us some cover over the next few months. There are not many around but I am looking without having anything specific at this time.

“The time is right to further Ross's development. It's not ideal as we need another midfielder, but I have to think longer term and he is ready for proper football. I want to see how he develops.'

Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, has received a dressing down from Moyes after telling a Belgian newspaper while he was away on international duty that he was thinking of leaving Everton in the next transfer window.

Club officials are furious with the lack of respect that Fellaini, who only signed a 75,000 per week contract last November, displayed and he was summoned by Moyes to explain himself at the club's Finch Farm training base upon his return.

Moyes was reluctant to go into detail about what he said but it is understood that Fellaini has not been fined.

'We've had a chat about it and any disciplinary action is between me and him,' said Moyes. 'Sometimes when players go away on international duty their egos are massaged and perhaps because they think they're speaking to different people and they let their guard down a bit.

'Where is he going to go The transfer window is shut. I won't say there is no chance (of him leaving) in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right. But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he's not going anywhere right now.

'There's three months to the next window, which is a long time. That's all I will say on the subject.'