Toffees confirm Donovan deal

Moyes plans for at least two new signings in January

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Toffees confirm Donovan deal

Donovan: Will stay until mid-March

We need to strengthen our squad to make sure we are not in a situation like we have at the moment with so many injuries.

David Moyes
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Everton have confirmed that they have finally completed the loan signing of Landon Donovan ahead of the January transfer window.

The LA Galaxy forward, who agreed a new long-term contract with his parent club on Wednesday, will now join the Premier League side in the New Year and will stay at Goodison Park until mid-March.

Everton had been chasing USA captain Donovan, who is keen to maintain match fitness in the MLS close-season ahead of the World Cup, for the past month.

But a number of other clubs across Europe had shown an interest in the 27-year-old and he was taking time to make his decision, despite holding talks with Everton.

Toffees boss David Moyes is therefore pleased to have got his man, saying: "Landon Donovan will join Everton. It is all agreed and done now and hopefully he will be with us on January 1 or 2.

Experience

"Hopefully he is the first of two or three we want to bring in in January.

"We need to strengthen our squad to make sure we are not in a situation like we have at the moment with so many injuries.

"Landon will certainly add pace, he is a good finisher.

"He was voted best player, yet again, in the American league and is captain of the USA national team.

"I need players who can hit the ground running, who I think can go into the team quite quickly and make an impact.

"With his experience and the goals he has scored, I am hoping he will be able to do that."