EVERTON have not given up hope of extending Landon Donovan's stay at Goodison Park.
The American international's 10-week loan spell is due to end after this Saturday's Premier League trip to Birmingham City.
However, the Blues are still working to reach an agreement with his club LA Galaxy to allow Donovan to remain on Merseyside.
The 28-year-old has proved a major hit since he arrived in January and boss David Moyes would dearly love to have him on board over the coming months as the Blues look to launch a late bid for Europa League qualification.
Donovan has admitted he wants to stay at Everton until the end of the campaign, but Galaxy coach Bruce Arena insists he expects him back next week to prepare for the new MLS season which is due to kick-off on March 27.
One factor in Everton's favour is that the MLS season could be delayed due to strike action as there is an ongoing dispute between league officials and the players' union.
Donovan, who scored his second goal for the Blues in Sunday's 5-1 demolition of Hull, has proved hugely popular among both Blues supporters and his team-mates.
Defender Phil Jagielka has his fingers crossed that Donovan hasn't graced Goodison for the final time.