Landon Donovan, U.S. national team star and Los Angeles Galaxy captain, has finalized a three-month loan deal with Everton which will see the most talented player in American history heading to Goodison Park on January 1, according to sources close to SBI.
Donovan will join fellow American Tim Howard at Everton, and will have the opportunity to play against fellow Americans who ply their trade in the Premier League such as Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Brad Friedel (Aston Villa) and others.
Pending work permit approvals, the first match that Donovan may be eligible for is the Saturday, January 9th game between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
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UPDATE: LA Galaxy has responded with the following statement: ““We are aware of Everton’s interest in Landon Donovan, as they are one of a number of clubs who have contacted the Galaxy about the possibility of a short term loan agreement for Landon. The Galaxy, MLS and Landon’s representative will work together to determine if and whether an arrangement with Everton or any other club would be beneficial to all parties.”
LATEST UPDATE: In the meantime, a representative from Everton FC said “Discussions are ongoing. We hope to conclude transfer in the next few days.”