Mid-Day Ticker: Neville doesn't see Donovan returning, no investigation by UEFA and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Neville doesn't see Donovan returning, no investigation by UEFA and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Neville doesn't see Donovan returning, no investigation by UEFA and more


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Phil Neville is in favor of manager David Moyes bringing in reinforcements to the club during the winter transfer window in January, but one player the Everton captain doesn't see being brought in is Landon Donovan.

Neville admitted that everyone at the club loved Donovan during his 10-game loan with the Blues in 2010, but he believes that the only reason the Los Angeles Galaxy attacker went was to remain in playing shape prior to the World Cup. With no major international tournament looming for the American in 2012, Neville doesn't envision Donovan returning.

There has been speculation regarding Donovan's future in recent weeks, with many fans and pundits seeing the upcoming transfer window as one of Donovan's last chances to make a permanent move abroad.

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Are you hoping Neville is wrong, and that Donovan does indeed return to Everton in January? Surprised by UEFA's decision not to investigate? Should O'Neill bring Gyan back to Sunderland?

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