Heintinga swaps Everton for Fulham.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 31, 2014
Fulham have confirmed that they have signed Johnny Heitinga from Everton.
The former Dutch international, who was sent off in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain, joins the Cottagers as a replacement for Phillipe Senderos, who joined Valencia earlier on deadline day.
The versatile defender leaves Goodison Park after four-and-a-half years at Everton. Heintinga thanked Everton fans on twitter but said he was looking forward to linking up with fellow Dutchman Rene Meulensteen in West London.
— John Heitinga (@Johnheitinga) January 31, 2014
“I’m really pleased to get the move completed and I’m looking forward to playing my first game,” Heitinga told the official Fulham website.
“I think it’s a good move for myself and I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates. I’ve spoken already with Rene Meulensteen and I think it’s the right club for me.
“This is a club with a great history and I always enjoyed playing at Craven Cottage, I really like it as a stadium. It’s not one of the biggest but it’s got something special.
“Of course I know Maarten Stekelenburg very well – we were players at Ajax together and we played many years in the national team together.
“I chose Fulham because the feeling was good and what was also important was the conversation between me and Rene.
“He knows exactly what he wants and I know exactly what I want.
“The main thing is to keep Fulham in the league and hopefully the boys will start with a win against Southampton.”