Manchester City Eye Landon Donovan

alex baker@@baker_alexContributor IIIJune 28, 2010

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Landon Donovan of the United States celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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English Premiere League side Manchester City reportedly have their eye on Team USA and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan.

Donovan, along with Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, was a standout performer in the USA's inspiring run through the group stage of this summer's World Cup tournament.  That run regrettably came to an end Saturday following a disappointing 2-1 loss to Ghana.

Donovan had demonstrated his Premiere League prowess earlier this year through a successful loan stint at EPL club Everton. Everton also count Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard among their ranks.

Previous attempts by Donovan to break into top-flight football resulted in two largely unspectacular stints in the German Bundesliga, first at Bayer Leverkeusen and more recently at Bayern Munich.

But during the run-up to this summer's World Cup Donovan, now 28, seems to have reached a new level of form. His leadership and persistence on the pitch, along with the three goals he netted in the tournament, have undoubtedly peaked the interest of many European clubs.

However, Manchester City, being one of the richest clubs in the world, would seem more than capable of competing with other interested teams for the services of the talented midfielder. City, who aspire to break into the top four this season, spent millions last summer bringing in high profile players such as Carlos Tevez, Emanuel Adebayor, and Joleon Lescott.

Donovan, an attacking midfielder who scores goals, could feasibly serve City's interests well as a play-maker operating in the midfield.