Belfast Telegraph

Donovan agrees Everton loan switch

United States international Landon Donovan has agreed to join Everton on a two-month loan from MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The agreement, which was reached on Thursday following recent discussions between Everton, LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer, is pending paperwork that needs to be finalised.

Once that is completed, Donovan is set to join Everton over the Christmas period and would be eligible to face Bolton on January 4. The loan deal would last until after the derby against Liverpool on February 25.

Donovan, 29, had a successful loan spell at Goodison Park for a similar period in 2010. He told "The opportunity to return to Everton and play for such a well-respected club and a manager that I hold in such high regard was something that was simply too good to pass up.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Everton in 2010 and I'm hopeful that we can experience similar success this time around. I want to thank David Moyes and Bruce Arena, as well as executives from both clubs and Major League Soccer for allowing me this unique and special opportunity."

Everton manager Moyes added: "I am delighted that we have managed to get Landon back. He will give us some good experience over January and February. He did well for us when he was over two years ago and hopefully will return with those same qualities.

"His season has just finished and like last time we need him to hit the ground running because the games come thick and fast at this time of year."

Donovan, who counts German sides Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen among his former clubs, captained LA Galaxy to the MLS Cup this year and led the team in scoring with 16 goals in all competitions.

He is the Galaxy's all-time leading scorer and the third-leading scorer in the history of MLS, while he has also netted a national record 46 goals in 138 appearances for the United States.

LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena said on his club's website: "This is a great opportunity for Landon. During the final months of the 2011 season he was limited because of an ongoing injury and he just started to get his legs back during the play-offs. Therefore, I think that this opportunity with Everton comes at a perfect time as he is rested and ready to go."


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