Landon Donovan admits that once he's had a month of rejuvenation, he might be up for another loan deal, and if he is, then Everton's where he wants to go.
The Galaxy forward from Redlands (Redlands East Valley HS) was spectacular during a 10-month spell at the Liverpool-based English Premier League club last winter, scoring twice in 13 appearances and winning the club's Player of the Month award for January.
Now Everton manager David Moyes is pursuing David Beckham.
Moyes said Saturday, he'd love the bring Beckham to the Toffees on loan this winter and that club captain Phil Neville, a close friend of Beckham's since their days at Manchester United, might be able to persuade him to consider the idea.
“I hope that if David wanted to come, he would give me a call,” Moyes, who played briefly with Beckham when the star winger was on loan to Preston North End in 1995, told the English media. “He only needs to call me or Phil Neville. He knows how to get hold of Phil and he knows how to get hold of me.
“We would have to look into it financially. But if he came and said to me. 'I would like to come and play,' then I would have to go to the chairman and ask if we could make it work by selling enough replica shirts.”
Beckham has repeatedly said he has no interest in a loan deal next year, that he would prefer to rest and then join Galaxy preparations early next year for the 2011 season. He went to loan to AC Milan the past two seasons, suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon last March that sidelined him until September.
Donovan said before the Galaxy's departure for Saturday's friendly against the Newcastle Jets in Australia that he wasn't yet prepared to mull over loan possibilities.
“If you ask me today, I’d probably say no, because my body is exhausted,” he said last week. “If you ask me in two months, I’d probably say yes, because I’d be excited again.
“Once I come down from all this, see how my body feels, then I can figure it out.”