United States and LA Galaxy star attacker Landon Donovan is on the verge of securing a two-month return to Everton FC of the Barclays Premier League, the Liverpool-based club confirmed via their website on Thursday.
According to the club, an "agreement in principle" is in place for Donovan's second stint at Everton, his first coming during the winter of 2010.
Paperwork is still to be completed on a deal reached between Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy and Everton, one which parties had been working on in Liverpool over the last 72 hours. The agreement would have Donovan in England shortly after Christmas, returning to the MLS champions after the Toffees' February 25 match at rival Liverpool.
The first game for which Donovan would be eligible is January 4, when Everton faces Bolton Wanderers.
"I am delighted that we have managed to get Landon back," Everton manager David Moyes told the club website. "He will give us some good experience over January and February."
"His season has just finished and like last time we need him to hit the ground running because the games come thick and fast at this time of year."
During his early 2010 loan spell with Everton, Donovan scored twice in 13 appearances, giving performances strong enough to garner interest from the club a year later. Donovan instead chose to rest in the winter of 2011, but after completing a championship-winning season in MLS, the four-time US Soccer Athlete of the Year has chosen to leave for a second stint in England.
"The opportunity to return to Everton and play for such a well-respected club and a manager that I hold in such high regard was something that was simply too good to pass up," Donovan told EvertonFC.com.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Everton in 2010 and I'm hopeful that we can experience similar success this time around."