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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.
Tom
Monday December 14, 2009 10:05 pm
England is in our group right ? Everton is in an English team (wear blue) in an English League... He will be/get injured. Intentionally or not.. I say really bad idea.
wildchild
Friday December 11, 2009 12:05 am
not the most articulate fellow in the world (nor in Spanish), but one helluva player.

Good luck LD.
Dave Blackburn
Thursday December 10, 2009 5:18 pm
I have been an LD detractor too, but like it or not, he has been the best player for the USMNT this year. Maybe that's not saying much, but I do believe it to be true. There is no reason he can't make it work in the EPL. A different but related notion--I find that Dempsey has been horrible for the National Team but he is fantastic in the EPL. I put it down to the quality of the palyers he has around him in the different situations. Maybe, just maybe, with better players around him LD can excel too. I hope so.
Elliott
Thursday December 10, 2009 4:42 pm
I have always been a fan of his. I think he's mature and ready to bring speed and technique... and I think he'll learn so much from this league (the best league in the world).
ACG
Thursday December 10, 2009 2:08 pm
I was admittedly one of Landon's biggest detractors after WC06. He simply did not put in the performances that had previously gotten him some name recognition, and he was not the leader we so desperately needed in a difficult group. But, credit where it's due, he's turned up the effort in the ensuing period and has cemented his place in the MLS and USMNT. I think EFC is a good fit, and hopefully it can be the spring board that propels him toward a strong WC10 showing and potentially a full-time spot with a European club. Good luck, LD!
ICEMANofALFRED
Thursday December 10, 2009 2:00 pm
Well if Donovan does move to Everton, I'd assume that he'd be called to play more as an attacking wing forward instead of playing in the midfield... so I wonder how that might effect his play for the Nats? Whould he be getting the ball fed TO him more than being the maestro and just how deep into the box would he be played, i.e. would he be getting wacked a whole lot more than he's used to?

It's clear that Everton HAS to find some way to score more often than they have been doing this fall and Donovan would certainly need to put it it the net or make sure one of his mates did the same.

The other thought that comes to mind is that judging how poorly our team played without him, how would this move effect our matches that aren't played on a FIFA sanctioned international date? Will Bradley recall Paco Torres to play the maestro role or will he continue to try to bludgeon his way through without a real holding midfielder to switch play?

Lastly just who else is going to make a move overseas... Holden? Rogers? and will they get time or just make up the numbers... many questions, few answers.
Coach
Thursday December 10, 2009 1:46 pm
You're kidding me, LD a top player in any league ... that's funny. I recognize all his qualities; speed with and without the ball (one of the best going straight at a defender) as well as leading and shooting with both feet.

However, his attitude and his lack of presence most of the time on the field is just not acceptable in any other league but the MLS. With the exception of size, he has everything it takes to be an excellent player. All other smaller world class players (Messi, Iniesta, etc.) make up with their determination and work rate. LD's laziness IN THE GAME is preventing him from being a top player on the world stage.
duriseti
Thursday December 10, 2009 1:40 pm
LD has matured as a player in leaps and bounds since the last Word Cup. His style of play is very well suited to the EPL.
Ravey
Thursday December 10, 2009 12:55 pm
LD is a top player in any league. Good luck
C.C.
Thursday December 10, 2009 12:42 pm
I am among those who have been LD detractors in the past (especially after watching him in the last World Cup), but here's hoping he sets the EPL on fire!
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