DAVID SMITH - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Everton have confirmed ongoing discussions to bring Landon Donovan to Goodison Park and hope to have a deal in place as soon as today.
The yearly transfer rumors swirling around the USA's all-time leading scorer once again saw a link drawn to the Merseyside club, however previous speculation appears to now have a concrete footing with the team verifying talks.
"Discussions are continuing and we hope to conclude the transfer in the next few days," Everton Head of Media & Communications Mark Rowan confirmed.
The move is expected to be a short-term loan similar to the deal which saw Donovan unsuccessfully try his hand at German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in early-2009, ultimately returning to the LA Galaxy after failing to impress the club's upper management.
However, with Everton having faced a plague of injuries for the entire season and struggling to put together any consistency, the forward would be expected to immediately play a significant role for the currently 15th-placed team.
The move will potentially give Donovan his first taste of UEFA competition since his earlier stint with Bayer Leverkusen which ended in 2005, as Everton have qualified for the knockout round of the Europa League, scheduled to take place in mid-February.
A spell in Goodison Park will also unite the forward with USA teammate Tim Howard, an Everton favorite since taking over the team's goalkeeping duties in 2006.