A host of MLS clubs are interested in bringing Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard back to the States, according to the Daily Mail.
Howard, 35, began his professional career with the Metrostars in 1998, before sealing a £2.3 million switch to Manchester United in 2003, where he failed to keep hold of the number one role following his debut season.
Moving on to Everton in 2006, the US international has since made 370 total appearances for the Toffees, signing a new deal until 2018 last April, but it’s now being suggested that he won’t be seeing that contract out.
A big commercial draw back home following his World Cup heroics, the LA Galaxy, New York City FC and Toronto FC are all reported to be interested in his signature, with the New Jersey-native himself open to a return.
Recovering from a calf strain at present, Howard’s performances this season have come under some criticism from fans and the media alike, and manager Roberto Martinez has made it known in recent weeks that he is looking to bring in some long-term competition.
The Mail name Cardiff’s David Marshall and Orjan Nyland of Molde as potential targets, although the notion that either’s arrival would force a Howard exit, whether this winter or further down the road, does appear to be jumping to conclusions.
Furthermore, there is good reason to be sceptical about the links to MLS, considering the noted reluctance among teams to spend a significant portion of their cap on the goalkeeping positon.
One would imagine that Howard’s wage demands would be sizeable, while the Blues shot-stopper has also reiterated his desire in the past to retire at the Goodison Park on his current deal.
MLS love to bring back their homegrown, marketable stars but, while there could well be some slight interest among a few teams, whether a move is at all feasible is up for debate.