Bayern take Donovan on loan from LA Galaxy

BERLIN - Bayern Munich will boost their squad in the January transfer window by signing U.S. international forward Landon Donovan on a loan deal they hope can be extended until the end of the season.

Bayern said on Thursday the 26-year-old, who has been training with them recently, could join the squad until at least the middle of March, with a longer term deal subject to negotiation with Major League Soccer (MLS).

Donovan, who has won over 100 international caps, was the top scorer in the MLS regular season with 20 goals in 25 matches for his Los Angeles Galaxy team.

The move follows an agreement for Galaxy team mate David Beckham to join AC Milan on loan during the MLS off-season.

"Landon has a verbal agreement with MLS to play in Europe for two-and-a-half months, like Beckham's," Klinsmann told the club's website.

"He's made such a good impression here that we've agreed to talk to MLS. The goal will be to see if we can get him long term, at least until the end of the season."

Donovan has spent a week and a half training at Bayern and scored both goals when the first team, minus players away on international duty, beat the club's B team 2-1 in a practice match on Wednesday.

His performances and attitude in training have impressed Klinsmann, who said he needed a fourth striker in his squad to help cover for any injuries that might hit Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski.

Donovan, who has had two previous attempts to establish himself as a Bundesliga player with Bayer Leverkusen, will return to the U.S. on Friday but should be back in time for the second half of the Bundesliga season, starting in January.