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LANDON DONOVAN has handed Everton FC a massive New Year boost, by agreeing to return to the club on-loan when the January transfer window opens.
And the American said the opportunity to come back to Goodison was too good to miss.
The US international was an unqualified success during a similar loan spell in 2010 and his return will give manager David Moyes some much needed firepower.
Moyes declared himself ‘delighted' with the deal and said: "He will give us some good experience over January and February.
"He did well for us when he was over two years ago and hopefully will return with those same qualities.
"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."
Only three weeks ago the 29-year-old scored the matchwinner for LA Galaxy to clinch the MLS Supporters' Shield - the showpiece of the US season - and his fourth MLS Cup title.
He was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
But it was his impact at Goodison during the first few months of 2010 that endeared him to Evertonians - and last night he tweeted: "Once a Toffee, always a Toffee."
EVERTON are hoping to unearth another gem from the Emerald Isle to match the diamond they got from Sligo Rovers in Seamus Coleman.
The Blues have had a bid in the region of £100,000 accepted for Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly and are now hoping to agree personal terms with the player's representative.
But they will have to beat off interest from Premier League rivals Swansea who also had a bid accepted for the young hot-shot last week.
The six feet two inch 19-year-old is Irish Premiership title-challengers Cliftonville's 17-goal top-scorer in the Irish Premiership.
If Everton can persuade the teenager to follow Seamus Coleman's career path from Irish Premiership to English Premier League, he would go straight into Everton's Academy rather than David Moyes' first team plans.
After Swansea's bid was accepted last week Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin warned: "He's a a young lad who has been playing part-time football, so his fitness would need to improve and he would need to build up his strength with the programme for full-time players - so he'll need a bit of time.
"But certainly next season, he'll be there to make an impact.
"We're devastated to be losing him but for the lad, it is the opportunity of a lifetime.
"We're just delighted we can help accommodate Rory's dream."
Breslin addd: "He'll go off his left side and his right side. He has quite a bit of pace and natural ability. He is creative and scores goals - and obviously every club is looking for a goal-scorer.
"Who knows whether he will make the step up but he has all the potential and ability."
LANDON DONOVAN is ready to rejoin Everton in January for two months - and answer manager David Moyes' striker crisis.
LA Galaxy forward Donovan will move during the break in the MLS season. Donovan spent a successful 10-week spell at Goodison Park between January and March two years ago.
He used his Twitter account yesterday to say: "Once a Toffee, always a Toffee."