Everton consider Neill bid from Galatasaray
Wednesday 13 January 2010
Everton are considering a £750,000 bid from Turkish club Galatasaray for defender Lucas Neill, the club have confirmed.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Toffees in September after becoming a free agent following the end of his contract with West Ham.
The Australia international has made 12 league and two cup appearances for David Moyes' side but is yet to play in Europe this term.
Should Everton come to an agreement with Galatasaray, he would be eligible to play for the Istanbul club in the Europa League.
While former Millwall, Blackburn and Hammers defender Neill could be on his way out of Goodison Park, one player who is revelling in his time at the club is Landon Donovan, who cannot wait for his home debut on Saturday against high-flying Manchester City.
The United States international and record goalscorer made his Toffees debut in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Arsenal, playing the first 70 minutes.
The on-loan American was thrilled by the reception he received at the Emirates Stadium from the 4,000 travelling fans and was boosted by the chants of 'USA'.
"It was awesome," said the 27-year-old, who is on a 10-week loan from Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
"From day one everyone has been very welcoming.
"When you have that support it certainly helps you on the field so I look forward to playing at Goodison Park.
"I am hoping I get my home debut this weekend. Sitting in the stands at the cup tie against Carlisle the week before made me really want to play.
"Hearing how the fans respond and seeing their passion, I loved that. You want to play for them and show them something.
"It is a big game against City and they are a team that are playing very well, but we are playing well too so it will be an exciting match."
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