Toffees to challenge Villa for journeyman forward.
Everton are ready to challenge Aston Villa to sign LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on loan in January, fanatix has learnt.
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The Toffees had hoped to land Keane’s teammate Landon Donovan on loan for the third time but the US international says he is jaded and in need of a rest.
Donovan has even hinted he is ready to hang up his boots and Everton boss David Moyes will move for Keane on a short-term deal instead.
The Irish international joined Villa for two months last season and was a big hit at Villa Park, scoring three Premier League goals in six games for Alex McLeish’s struggling side.
The Midlands club are faring little better under Paul Lambert this term and the Scot is keen for the 32-year-old to return for a similar spell this season.
Everton, however, are ready to challenge Villa for the well-travelled striker, with Moyes believing his high-flying squad could benefit from the former Tottenham man’s experience.
Moyes’ hopes of landing Donovan, who joined the Toffees on loan in 2010 and last term, have been dealt a blow, with the forward refusing to discuss a move claiming he needs a rest after a tiring campaign in MLS.
“I’m going to take as much time as I need and decide if and when I’m ready to come back,” Donovan said. “I can’t put a time frame on that. If it takes two weeks and I’m ready to go again or two months or a year or two years. Or never. I don’t know.”
Keane is thought to be keen to return to the Premier League for two months in January but is yet to indicate where he is likely to end up.
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