Moyes in for Hitzlsperger after Everton hit by injury crisis
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
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.'