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Neville hopes for Donovan return

June 23, 2012
By ESPN staff

Everton captain Phil Neville hopes to persuade LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan to join the Goodison Park outfit, after two succesful loan spells.

Landon Donovan
GettyImagesLandon Donovan has an attachment to Everton

Donovan, 30, has made a positive impact at the club on both occasions that he has joined Everton and Neville has urged him to consider a permanent switch.

Neville told Sports Illustrated: "If there is a chance, I make sure that I try (to tempt him to Everton) every time I speak to him. That's the first thing I say to him.

"Toward the end of his spell back in January I even tried to kidnap him for a while and keep him in England! I'm telling the truth here when I say the last two times he's been over he's totally transformed our season.

"He's the ultimate professional, he's got great quality, and the Everton fans love him. He's a hero at Goodison Park, and he's played less than 20 games for us. I've played with some world-class right-sided players in my time, and he's up there with them.''

LA Galaxy lie seventh in the Western Conference table this season, having failed to replicate the form that took them to MLS title glory last campaign.