Sunderland on brink of signing Altidore
Jozy Altidore looks set to be become a Sunderland player after agreeing personal terms with the North East Club. Once the American international striker successfully passes his medical which is scheduled for Monday, he will become Paolo Di Canio’s sixth signing of the close season.
Altidore is not a stranger to English football having spent a year on loan at Hull City for the duration of the 2009-10 season.
His form for Eredivise side AZ over the last two seasons has been such that he has attracted the attention of a host of clubs. His signature for The Black Cats would be a significant one. The one-time Villarreal player was name in the Dutch Leagues team of the year this season gone; scoring an impressive 23 league goals and 31 in total for the northern Dutch side.
The New Jersey born player spent his youth career at the IMG academy, the private Athletic training institute set in Florida. His senior career though brought him back to the East Coast of the United States when he joined MLS side New York Red Bulls.
His Tenure in New York saw him become the youngest player to Score in Major League Soccer playoffs, aged just 16. His impressive form eventually led to a move to La Liga and Villarreal. His time there saw him make only a handful of appearances for the Castellón side and his spell was interspersed with loan moves.
Apart from the aforementioned move to Hull City, Altidore also had spells at Spanish side Xerez who were in the Segunda División at the time. However the move was ill fated with the player having to undergo surgery for an ingrown toe nail which saw him miss out on an opportunity to avail of the opportunity.
After the loan move to Hull, Altidore made the Switch to Bursapor in the Turkish Super Lig. Having joined in January 2011, he made 12 appearances, scoring once for the Bursa based side.
July 2011 saw him make the move to the Netherlands and AZ, the success of which has resulted in him being on the verge of a move to The Stadium of Light.
With the likes of Danny Graham and Connor Wickham failing to have made a considerable impression at Sunderland this season, the inclusion of Altidore could well aide Di Canio guide his side in the right direction and away from the relegation zone where they looked strong prospects of suffering a drop in divisions at the latter stages of last season.