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Dec 10, 2009

Everton confirm talks to sign U.S. striker Landon Donovan

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has confirmed that the club are in talks to sign United States forward Landon Donovan on loan in January.

The Premier League club are hoping to sign Donovan from LA Galaxy on what Everton describe as a "short-term deal", in a similar vein to the loan move that Galaxy team-mate David Beckham has arranged with AC Milan.

"Landon is a player David Moyes has identified as someone he would like to bring to the club," Elstone told the club's official website. "We are working to make that happen and hope we can reach agreement soon with all the appropriate parties."

The MLS season has come to a close and a move to the Premier League would afford Donovan the chance to maintain his fitness and test himself at the highest level ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa in the summer.

Everton are confident of bringing Donovan, 27, to Merseyside on January 2, meaning he could conceivably make his Premier League debut against Arsenal on January 9.

The MLS Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season has previously played for both Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich but failed to make a lasting impression in the Bundesliga.

If he does join Everton he will link up with international team-mate Tim Howard and become the latest United States international to represent the Toffees, following in the footsteps of Joe-Max Moore and Brian McBride.

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