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Donovan following Beckham from Galaxy to land in Europe

Published 08/01/2010

Everton’s on-loan forward Landon Donovan hopes to have a positive impact on the Toffees' season, just like his team-mate David Beckham has done at AC Milan.

The United States international has joined from Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy during the Major League Soccer close season but knows he has to have an immediate impact if he is to be successful.

However, he has already ruled out returning to the club on a longer-term basis should his short spell in England prove to be profitable.

“I'm very excited about this opportunity. This is almost the perfect opportunity when everything is put together like this,” said the 27-year-old, who is looking forward to joining up with national team goalkeeper Tim Howard.

“Tim was the first guy to call me, along with my agent, when he heard Everton might be interested and we talked about it and what the expectations were.

“This is the middle of the season, they have a few injuries and need immediate help so I have to be ready.”

Donovan added: “The reality is I'm here to do a job and help the team win.

“What I'm good at is creating chances and that is what I'll try to do here.

“I just like to be a danger to the other team and I think most sides can use a player like that — now I have to prove I belong and help score some goals.”

Donovan is following a path laid down by Galaxy team-mate Beckham who has just started a short loan spell with AC Milan for the second successive year.

“David and I speak a lot about his time here (in England) and he is confident I will do fine,” said Donovan.

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