A source close to the American forward has suggested that he is mulling over several offers from top European sides, and Everton could easily be one of them.
His contract with LA Galaxy currently expires at the end of December and if no renewal is on the horizon, it could force him to leave the club where he’s been since 2005.
Everton are one of the favourites to land him, if they’re interested, because he’s already spent time on loan with the Merseyside club on two occasions in 2010 and 2012.
“I can share with you that multiple clubs in multiple European countries [have reached out to Donovan]. As Landon said in KC this week, he is feeling great physically and mentally and from a club standpoint he is open to anything now,” said the source.
It would be a very good move for Everton for several reasons with the main one being that it’s not going to cost them too much other than a big wage packet.
Donovan doesn’t warrant a big fee for any side looking to sign him right now because there is such a short period of time left to run on his current deal.
Fair enough, he does hold some commercial value to LA Galaxy away from the football pitch but they wouldn’t find any club willing to pay over the odds for him right now when they could hold out and sign him for nothing this January.
He’s a player who would add to and also develop the attacking elements within the current Everton squad, putting them in an even stronger position than they currently are heading into the new season.
Donovan’s ability to play down either wing would release someone like Kevin Mirallas to go and play a more natural centre forward type role.
There are obstacles to a potential deal with the main one being the fact Roberto Martinez is now the Everton boss and not David Moyes.
However, that doesn’t really change the platform too much on which Donovan would perform for Everton and it doesn’t really change the role too much with Martinez likely to use him in a very similar way to how Moyes would have deployed him.
Another obstacle is the interest from other clubs because it’s impossible for Everton to know the sort of sides and offers they are going to be competing against until sides start showing their hands.
Everton won’t want to be in a position where they are the first club to publicly reveal their offer because that gives other teams interested a chance to react, improve their offer, which pushes Everton back in the pecking order.
The American would be a great signing for the current squad if the Toffees are one of those interested parties.
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