Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan has been granted a work permit, allowing the American to join Everton on a two-and-a-half-month loan deal.
The 27-year-old forward will join Everton on 2 January and remain with the club until mid-March.
“He’s a good finisher,” said Toffees boss David Moyes after the Donovan deal was announced last week.
“He is the first of two or three players I want to bring in in January.
“American boys in the main tend to come over here and do well. He was voted the best player in Major League Soccer (MLS), so I think he can bring some qualities we can use.
“He is relatively experienced and I need these players to come in and hit the ground running, not need a month or two to get ready.”
Donovan has scored 42 goals in 120 appearances for his national team, although he failed to find his best form in the German league during spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.
“Everton have been incredibly professional. I feel that it is a place where I would feel very comfortable,” said Donovan, who has just signed new four-year deal with LA Galaxy.