Rumor Central: Mexico's Atlas looking to pry Landon Donovan away from LA Galaxy?

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Landon Donovan recently signed a new contract with the LA Galaxy and has repeatedly expressed his happiness with life at his hometown club.

But that may not stop a newly deep-pocketed Mexican club from making a strong play for his services as it seeks a remedy to one of the worst campaigns in Liga MX this year.

According to Mexican website futboltotal.com.mx, Club Atlas want to buy Donovan from the Galaxy to help lead their charge out of the league basement in the upcoming Clausura campaign.

Based in Guadalajara, Atlas are the crosstown rivals of local superclub Chivas and, despite a proud history, Los Zorros endured a miserable fall that saw them win just one game out of 17 en route to a 1-9-7 mark in the Apertura (the opening half of the league's two-part season).

Atlas currently sit just four spots out of last place, though the club was recently purchased by Mexican media powerhouse TV Azteca and are expected to pull out all the stops to avoid relegation from the top flight.

This isn't the first time Mexican clubs have reportedly come sniffing around for the US national team star. Veracruz expressed interest back in June, and Donovan had an offer on the table from Mexico City giants Club América in 2009. He said last year that he'd still consider a move to a Mexican club, but that was before inking a multi-year extension with the Galaxy this past August.

When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, a Galaxy spokesman said the club wouldn't comment on rumors, but added that "Donovan is one of the top players in MLS. As such, he is a highly sought after commodity who plays for the LA Galaxy."

The futboltotal.com.mx story claims that English Premier League club Everton are also in the running for Donovan, who prospered in two previous loan stints with the Toffees.