Everton manager David Moyes is delighted to welcome Landon Donovan back to the Blues but highlighted the rarity of players of his quality who may be available in the January transfer window.
American international Donovan trained with the team on Friday ahead of potentially making the first appearance of his two month loan agreement against Bolton at Goodison Park on January 4.
The 29-year-old made a lasting impression during his previous spell and Moyes hopes Donovan can provide a timely boost as Everton begin the second half of the season.
"We're delighted to have Landon back, he's trained today and it's easy for him to settle in with a great group of boys here who will make it easy for him," Moyes told evertontv at his weekly press conference.
"He looks in decent condition and we'll try and give him a good four of five days training and have him ready as soon as we possibly can.
"The first game he can play in is Bolton so we'll try and get him available for that.
"We hope he can make us some goals, he's not a prolific goal-scorer but we hope he can hit the ground running and that his fitness gives us an added boost."
Moyes has utilised the loan market to good effect in the past, bringing in the likes of Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar on what were initially temporary deals.
Of the current squad both Royston Drenthe and striker Denis Stracqualursi are loan rangers but Moyes admits it could be difficult to add further quality on a short term basis.
He said: "We've been in the loan market and brought in one or two to see if it would work and on some occasions it has and on some it hasn't.
"I'd love to say that there was a few loan signings out there lining up to be brought in but unfortunately there's not because you tend to find to get a loan it's somebody who is not wanted at a club.
"That tends to send you abroad where people haven't been playing or getting any games so it becomes a difficult market to look into especially at this time of year because most clubs would rather sell the players and move them on."