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Everton target Landon Donovan is class, says Tim Howard

Landon Donovan
Donovan has a record 120 caps for the USA, scoring 42 goals in the process

Everton keeper Tim Howard insists that his United States team-mate Landon Donovan would be an ideal signing if the Blues can sign the forward on loan.

Everton confirmed on Friday that they are in negotiations to bring Donovan on a three-month deal from the LA Galaxy.

Howard told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I've played with him for a long time and he is a talented player.

"He's a strong runner, got a nose for goal and loves to attack. If he came through the doors I'd be delighted."

Howard added: "To bring a fantastic player into this club is massively important, no matter his nationality."

You usually don't come away from a game conceding three and having a big smile on your face

Everton's Tim Howard

Everton have seen a slight upturn in fortunes, since their 2-0 Merseyside derby defeat by Liverpool at the end of November.

Saturday's 3-3 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea took their unbeaten run to three games.

And Howard believes that taking a point from Stamford Bridge was down to a real collected effort.

"You usually don't come away from a game conceding three and having a big smile on your face," said Howard. "But I feel like we earned that, as Stamford Bridge is always a tough place to come and play.

"The resilience we showed, the endeavour and commitment has been unbelievable in recent weeks. We showed that again in abundance."

Everton did score first, just as they did in the Cup final at Wembley in May.

But Howard points out that the top sides never lie down, Chelsea hitting back to take a 2-1 lead, this time by half-time.

"The good teams in this league such as Chelsea can do that to you," said the 30-year-old former Manchester United stopper.

"You really have to guard against that. It's not always as easy as that, as they are just that good.

"But, credit to us, we never let our heads hang.

"We didn't think the game was dead and over. We kept cracking on.

"We just thought if we kept pushing on, we could get something here."

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