Everton sign free-agent midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger on short-term contract

Thomas Hitzlsperger: Former Aston Villa midfielder has joined Everton on a short-term deal

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Everton have confirmed the signing of German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger on a short-term deal until January.

Hitzlsperger signed a contract on Friday morning and is eligible to join the squad for Sunday's trip to QPR if international clearance is received.

The 30-year-old, nicknamed Der Hammer for his fierce left foot, has been training at Finch Farm for a number of weeks after being released at the end of last season by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

He figured as an over-aged player in a recent outing for the Everton U21 side at Norwich and has earned 52 caps for his country during a career which has included spells at Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio and West Ham.

Toffees boss David Moyes said: "I'd be careful of using the word signing when you bring in someone for a couple of months. We wanted to have an extended look at him. He's already been here for about a month.

"He needed the training because he's missed a lot of football. He's been a great lad to have around the place and we're more than happy to give him that opportunity.

"We're not saying what he's going to bring to us. He may come here and not play, we're not sure yet, we just want a longer period to have a look at him, make sure that he's fit and he can offer us something."

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