17 Dec 2009

Donovan set for spell at Everton

5:59 pm on 17 December 2009

The English football club Everton have agreed a deal in principle to sign LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan on a two-and-a-half-month loan from January.

The 27-year-old is set to join the Toffees on January 2nd and will be available until mid-March.

The clubs are expected to hold further talks before the weekend, with the deal likely to be finalised on Saturday.

Donovan's arrival would provide a much-needed boost to Everton's injury-ravaged squad as they look to move up the Premier League table.

He is the USA's all-time leading goalscorer, with 42 goals in 120 appearances, although he failed to find his best form in the German league during spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.

If fit, Donovan is virtually a certainty to start for the US against England in his nation's first group match of the World Cup in South Africa next year.