MLS star heading for Merseyside.
David Moyes hopes to strengthen his injury-plagued Everton squad in the January transfer window with a loan move for the USA forward, Landon Donovan.
The 27-year-old, an international team-mate of the Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, has been earmarked by Moyes as a possible addition to his attack for next month and an initial approach has been made to Donovan’s club, Los Angeles Galaxy, regarding a temporary switch to the Premier League.
Donovan was allowed to return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in January of this year, having previously played for Bayer Leverkusen, and Everton hope a similar loan deal will be acceptable to the LA Galaxy following the end of their MLS season and ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The former Leverkusen forward has just enjoyed an outstanding campaign with LA Galaxy, winning the club’s Golden Boot award for the fifth season in succession and also being named the MLS’s Most Valuable Player. He is also the all-time leading goalscorer for the USA and flourished last season after regaining the LA Galaxy captaincy from David Beckham. The pair could well meet in England’s opening World Cup game in South Africa on 12 June and were recently reconciled after Donovan publicly criticised Beckham as a poor captain and team-mate.
A loan deal for Donovan would also suit Moyes in January. The Everton manager is unlikely to have money available for permanent signings and needs to bolster a squad depleted by several long-term injuries. The Scot has enjoyed success with loaned strikers from the MLS before, signing Brian McBride for a brief but productive spell during his first full season in charge, and while his needs are arguably greater in defence, Donovan’s versatility in attack would be welcome at Goodison Park. (Guardian)
Having chastised David Beckham for deciding to seek his footballing fortune away from the MLS it appears Landon Donovan is about to do likewise and make a move to Premier League strugglers Everton in January in the hopes of finally living up to his reputation and making a name for himself outside the confines of the US.
After unsuccessful spells in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich many had thought that Donovan would have to be happy with being a big fish in the relatively small pond of the MLS but David Moyes is about to bring the 27 year old striker to Goodison Park to join us with his compatriot, keeper Tim Howard, in the hopes that the Californian can score the goals that help draw the financially impotent club from the relegation zone.
It is going to be a tough introduction to the English top tier for Donovan who will no doubt be itching to give the Premier League a go and will be hoping he can reproduce his American form in Europe and fulfill the potential that many believe the LA Galaxy man has.