Last year, LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan graced Goodison Park with some great performances in a 2 and a half month loan spell. He certainly caught the eye in Liverpool as well, receiving plenty of plaudits for his performances and winning Everton’s Player of the Month award for January.
But now Everton are in dire need of help come January, they languish in 15th in Premier League and despite some decent performances, can’t seem to put the ball in the net. Donovan, who has netted 71 times in just 140 appearances for LA Galaxy, could certainly help the Toffees out.
However, Fulham’s Mark Hughes is also sniffing around the US forward and could use fellow countryman Clint Dempsey as cannon fodder for his signature.
Donovan has certainly expressed a desire to return to Everton though. In an interview with the BBC in October the 28-year-old said:
“It would be hard to say no. I really hope that, if it’s not this year, I get to go back there and play again. But if you asked me now I would lean towards a little more uncertainty.”
Everton were rumoured to have attempted to sign the US superstar in the summer, but a lack of funds scuppered any potential deal. However, it has been widely known that Donovan has previously preferred to play in the United States due to family problems. Issues with Donovan’s wife, Bianca, had previously forced the United States International to leave German club Bayer Leverkusen.
However, reconciliation with his estranged wife during the 2010 World Cup has left the playmaker with more options come January. Fulham boss, Hughes, hinted that a fresh face would be arriving at the Cottage following the Cottager’s draw with Sunderland last weekend.
‘We are missing a Bobby Zamora type and he will not be back until the end of January or start of February if everything goes to plan. So if there’s someone we can bring in to help us, we will look at it.
‘But more often than not strikers cost a lot of money at Premier League level, so we will have to see.’
Fulham’s Clint Dempsey may be a deciding factor, but Moyes can also offer goalkeeper and fellow countryman, Tim Howard as support; as well as the love of the fans at Goodison that have long called for the Toffees to turn the striker’s loan move into a permanent deal.
‘We know we need a striker,’ Everton boss, Moyes, said.
‘But the sort of money it will cost… it is probably a reality that we will have to look at bringing in a loan player, that it will be the loan market we will need to look at to provide some sort of solution.’
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