Afternoon Ticker: Donovan secures work permit, Kroenke picks up more Arsenal shares and more

Afternoon Ticker: Donovan secures work permit, Kroenke picks up more Arsenal shares and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Donovan secures work permit, Kroenke picks up more Arsenal shares and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Landon Donovan's Everton journey has yet to begin, but the last piece of the puzzle fell into place today. The final hang up in the process was a work permit allowing Donovan to secure the 10-week loan agreement with the Liverpool-based club. The club confirmed that the work permit has been approved, and the loan deal can officially go through.

Work permit issues have hung up Americans heading to England in the past, but it was never going to be a problem for Donovan, who has 120 caps to his name. With that in hand, all Donovan has left to do is wait for January 2, the day when the transfer window opens and he'll begin his loan spell with Everton.

Here are some more stories from Tuesday:

Kroenke increases stake in Arsenal

Stan Kroenke in the news once again, with the announcement Monday that the billionaire had upped his stake in Arsenal once again. His latest addition of 25 shares moves the Colorado Rapids-owner just 17 shares short of the required threshold to launch a formal takeover of the club.

A showdown between two prospective owners seems to be looming, with Uzbekistan oil tycoon wondering what the American is up to. Usmanov owns 26 percent of the club's shares, and at one point seemed destined for a takeover until Kroenke arrived on the scene.

No transfer funds for Hull

If Phil Brown hopes to keep Hull City in the Premier League for another year, he'll have to manage with the players currently at his disposal. Current chairman Adam Pearson indicated that the struggling club will be unable to spend in the January transfer window, as there are no takers for their unwanted players. The club will only be able to buy if they can sell players from their current roster first.

Burnley after Arsenal youngster Wilshere

Owen Coyle has Burnley in decent position as the English season nears its halfway point. The Clarets are in 14th place, though just three points separate them from the drop zone. With the January transfer window nearing, Coyle has revealed a desire to acqure youngster Jack Wilshere on loan.

Wilshere is one of the top English prospects, but hasn't found himself able to crack Arsene Wenger's starting XI this season. While a move is far from certain, it would suit Wilshere well to get playing time on a regular basis, not to mention improve Burnley's chances of staying in the top flight.
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