News today that Newcastle United are ready to challenge Everton for the loan signing of USA star player Landon Donovan in January.
Landon Donovan – on his way to Newcastle?
Landon is one of the USA’s best players, and certainly shone for Everton last January when he was on loan at Goodison Park, and if Newcastle can get this player, he would add some much needed creativity to the Newcastle attack, which has been lost since the great Ben Arfa broke his leg.
The news suggests that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has identified Donovan as the player who can replace Hatem Ben Arfa in the short term, and Landon would be an exciting signing for the Newcastle club, there’s no doubt about that, and it would help put the Magpies on the football map in the USA.
Newcastle already have a solid following in the USA now, following their fantastic winning of the Championship last season, and for the brave way in which they have been playing against more than a little adversity so far this season, in the Premier League.
Donovan is now 28 years old, and had an excellent World Cup, and can play in many different positions both as a striker or in midfield. And Hughton knows he must add more creativity and skill up front soon, if Newcastle are to prosper for the rest of this season.
Newcastle are said to be working on a possible loan deal now, and hope to contract the player to a loan deal in January, sooner rather than later.
A Newcastle source is said to have told GOAL today:
“He is exactly the signing Newcastle need with Ben Arfa out with a long-term injury,” “The boss is worried the team rely too much on Andy Carroll and Donovan has proven that he can hurt defenses in the Premier League.”
“It would work really well for the player because he will be guaranteed a game every week and for the club because those three months after Christmas will be vital – we want a mid-table finish.”
That makes a lot of sense to us, but Everton will remain the favorites to sign the USA record goalscorer, after he really enjoyed his time at Goodison earlier this year, and became a firm fan favorite.
But Newcastle seem to be expert these days in getting their transfer targets, and they are in with a chance of getting this fine player, who has already played 128 times for the US side with 45 goals.
We hope this report has some truth in it.