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Galatasaray in Heitinga hunt

Everton's John Heitinga could be on his way out of Goodison Park with Galatasaray interested in signing the defender, according to his agent.

Heitinga is currently surplus to requirements at Everton, having made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League and two Capital One Cup starts.

As Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin take precedence under Roberto Martinez, Heitinga is assessing his options with one eye on the 2014 World Cup, which starts in less than five months.

Heitinga understands such a lack of first-team action could damage his hopes of making the Netherlands squad and his Italian agent, Fabio Parisi is considering offers.

The 30-year-old centre-back has been subject of several links during the January transfer window and Parisi admits there has been interest from Galatasaray; while also claiming Roma could be in search of a defender after Nicolas Burdisso left for Genoa this week.

"After the sale of Burdisso, Roma may need a defender," he told Sky Sport Italy.

"They know that Heitinga can be taken on special conditions without paying anything, because he has not been playing with Everton and he wanted to go to the World Cup.

"Indeed, I deny that there has been any negotiation with Roma, while there are two teams that have come forward and one is Galatasaray."