Donovan Could Stay
MLS strike-threat could mean that American extends Blues' spell.
Landon Donovan's stay on Merseyside could still be extended if a players strike goes ahead in the United States.
David Moyes has confirmed that the threat of a strike in the MLS could enable Everton to keep hold of the 28-year-old LA Galaxy forward longer than planned.
The US international's loan spell at Everton is due to terminate after tomorrow's Premier League encounter with Birmingham City.
However, there remains speculation that a strike by players in the MLS could yet take place - delaying the start of the new MLS season beyond March 25.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to St Andrews, David Moyes said: "The loan officially finishes tomorrow and we will send him back but I think there is still a chance that the players there might strike and if that was the case then we are able to keep him, no problem."
Bob Foose, the executive director of the players union in the United States, has told the US media: "The players are unified and, per the results of our strike vote, will not begin the new season if a new agreement with the league is not reached."
The strike threat has emerged because of a dispute between players and the MLS over the labour contract currently in place.
Donovan has certainly impressed at Goodison during his time in England. And Moyes is thankful for the contribution the US international has made.
The Goodison chief added: "He has done great since he arrived here. He came in and played and settled in very quickly with the players. He has had an impact in the period that he has been here so we couldn’t ask for much more from him.
"I think he will go back to America and say 'Wow that is where I want to be'. I think he will think to himself I really enjoy playing in America and it is great. I live in a great place and play for a great team but boy do I want to play in the Premier League. That is what I think he will look back with.
"I would miss Goodison if I got the reception he got last week and the treatment he got last week from the supporters - because everybody wants to be somewhere they are loved and cherished. I am sure that is the case back home as well but I think there is a different situation when you are playing in arguably the best league in the world and against the best players. If you want to be recognised in that position then I think Landon will say I would like that opportunity to give it a go."
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