LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan set for loan move to Premier League club Everton
USA and LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan was been pencilled in to join English Premier League strugglers Everton when the January transfer window opens next month. The current US captain has agreed a ‘deal in principle’ with the Merseyside club and is likely to link up with them from January 2nd to mid March. Donovan has the ambition to play Premier League football but will also be thinking of next summer’s World Cup where regular European football is sure to enhance his fitness level.
Donovan was is understandably delighted with the deal and is looking forward to the challenge telling the BBC "You want to go where you are wanted," "Everton have been incredibly professional and expressed their interest and I feel that is a place where I would feel very comfortable." The Everton goalkeeper and USA international Tim Howard is thought to have been significant in advising Donovan on the move to England, "I've spoken to Tim Howard about Everton and I've heard from him, and others, nothing but good things, so that would be a fun opportunity if it came to fruition," said Donovan.
The USA’s all time leading scorer could provide a timely boost to Everton’s beleaguered league campaign. So far David Moyes’ men have been underwhelming, languishing in lower mid-table after winning only four of their opening 16 games. To be fair the squad has been absolutely decimated by injuries and this has been picked up on by the Donovan camp. "Everton is a club with a small roster and a congested schedule over the next few weeks and months. It's a great fit, we are pretty confident that is where he'll end up" commented Bruce Arena, the Galaxy coach. Despite their relatively meagre budget, most would expect Everton to be challenging for the top six of the Premiership and a finish outside the top ten would constitute as a failure. Therefore Everton are hoping Donovan can change the fortunes of the squad come January.
The essence of the deal is similar to that of his team-mate David Beckham’s temporary move to AC Milan as the England star is desperate to make Fabio Capello’s final World Cup squad and realises only regular football in a top European league will satisfy him. Intriguingly Donovan has recently criticized Beckham for seeking a loan move away from Galaxy, citing a perceived lack of commitment to the team. Now Donovan is in the same position but since it will be in the MLS off-season he may not come under the same kind of flak.