Bayern Munich will add Major League Soccer leading scorer Landon Donovan on a loan deal, but the team appears to be angling to keep him long term.
The Bundesliga club said on Thursday they would sign the Los Angeles Galaxy forward on a deal running from the beginning of 2009 until at least the middle of March.
Bayern coach Juergen Klinsmann, who consulted for the Galaxy a few years ago, has bigger things in mind for the 26-year-old.
"The goal will be to see if we can get him long term, at least until the end of the season," Klinsmann told the club's website.
Donovan led MLS with 20 goals this season, and was also named the top U.S. national team player for the year.
Recent statements have hinted where his interest are.
"American teams have only one or two really good players," Donovan said last week after practising for the first time with the German club.
This will be Donovan's second stint in Germany, after spending parts of four years with Bayer Leverkusen.
Donovan has one year remaining on his North American contract at $900,000 US.
Last month, Galaxy teammate David Beckham joined AC Milan on loan. It is expected Beckham will be with the Italian club for two months.