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Landon Donovan 'could opt for Fulham loan transfer over Everton return'

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan looks set for a return to the Premier League next month through a short-term loan deal - but he could be persuaded to join Fulham instead of Everton, it has emerged.

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan could be back in the Premier League next month (Getty)

The American international spent two-and-a-half months at Goodison Park last season, scoring twice in an impressive 13-game spell between January and early March.

Speculation has been rife that Donovan, 28, will return to England again for a loan spell that coincides with the close season in the MLS.

However, recent rumours that Everton will take him back have been replaced by talk that goal-shy Fulham - who have drawn ten of their 17 league games so far in the current campaign - will also make a bid.

Cottagers manager Mark Hughes said after Saturday's goalless home draw with Sunderland that he would be targetting a forward in January.

He said: 'We are missing a Bobby Zamora type and he will not be back until the end of January or start of February if everything goes to plan.

'So if there's someone we can bring in to help us, we will look at it.

'But more often than not strikers cost a lot of money at Premier League level, so we will have to see.'

While Donovan does not represent a traditional target man, he showed at the World Cup with crucial strikes against Slovenia, Algeria and Ghana that he is capable of providing a cutting edge - something Fulham have lacked this season.

The presence of American international team-mate Clint Dempsey at Craven Cottage may also provide a draw for Donovan.

However, Moyes has hinted he won't give up on the forward without a fight.

'We know we need a striker,' he said.

'But the sort of money it will cost... it is probably a reality that we will have to look at bringing in a loan player, that it will be the loan market we will need to look at to provide some sort of solution.'

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Would love to see Donovan come in on loan for a few months, he would provide some much needed pace and in all probability some goals, perhaps like Duff of last year.

That said, I would be surprised if he did come, seeing that Everton are an option again.

Dream on  :56:

Thought we'd moved on from his calibre, though perhaps not. If all we limp out of January with is him, plus a few players signing extensions (which we always seem to do in a window) and the promise that Zamora's recovery is 'going to plan', then, well put it like this, good chance we won't be playing QPR next season after all.

Donovan is a better footballer than anyone we've got who can play on Saturday. He'd be a great upgrade to our squad. Having said that, he likes and respects Moyes and Moyes will need him as Cahill will be off to Qatar for the Asian Cup. I expect he'll go to Goodison and play brilliantly again.


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