Football world in stunned silence as former Goodison Park man is offered a footballing contract.
Dutch league leaders PSV Eindhoven have signed midfielder Andy Van der Meyde until the end of the season.
The former Ajax and Inter Milan player, 30, has been without a club since his release by Everton last year.
Van der Meyde has been given extra incentive with the possibility of a contract for two further seasons.
“I want to be important to PSV,” the Dutchman commented. “The chance to return to football with a major club like PSV is excellent.”
Van der Meyde begain his career at Ajax, PSV’s main rivals, and won two league titles durign his time at the club.
He then moved on to Inter Milan, but after a brief and disappointing spell at the San Siro, moved on to Everton.
Things did not get any better at Goodison Park, where he endured injury and disciplinary problems, which resulted in him being granteda free transfer by the Toffees in 2009.
Van der Meyde now hopes for a fresh start at PSV, who needed to strengthen their squad after losing Danko Lazovic to Zenit St Petersburg.
“It does not matter where I have played previously, it is now that matters,” he added. (BBC Sport)
Before anyone heads for Wikipedia to see if there are two Andy Van der Meyde’s we can tell you that this is indeed the same man who became an Everton ‘legend’ by virtue of apparently being an alcoholic and an injury prone, overweight waste of money. The 30 year old Dutchman did not have the best of times at Goodison Park where after his £2m move to the club was at the time seen as a masterstroke as he has previously impressed in spells at both Inter Milan and his first club Ajax.
However the fact that he managed less starts in four years than pints he consumed on a good night out, just 13 in all competitions, led to the midfielder becoming a very expensive luxury, however Van der Meyde ran out his contract and now finds himself employed by Eredivisie league leaders PSV Eindhoven, which I can tell you came as quite a surprise.
One can only imagine what sort of profits the local bars in Eindhoven may post in the coming months.