Jozy Altidore Officially Signs With Sunderland
UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9, at 7:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Sunderland AFC have confirmed the signing of US striker Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats, for an undisclosed fee.
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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
SKY Sports provides the latest on Altidore:
Altidore briefly revealed on Friday that a deal had been done before removing the confirmation from his personal website.
However, it appears there has been no late hitch and the United States international will now fly into Wearside on Monday to complete his move.
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According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the 23-year-old striker will make his return to the English Premier League with Sunderland, and the deal will be finalized Monday.
For such a young player, Altidore has already endured quite the roller-coaster career.
After establishing himself as one of the most tantalizing American-born players in recent memory, he signed with La Liga side Villarreal as an 18-year-old in 2008.
Failing to make much of an impact in Spain, he was loaned to several different squads, including EPL club Hull City. He continued to struggle, however, scoring just one goal in 28 appearances, while at the same time falling out of the starting XI for Team USA.
When all hope was seemingly gone, a move to the Eredivisie club restored his confidence and resurrected his once-promising career.
How many goals will Jozy Altidore score for Sunderland this season?
In 67 matches with AZ, he found the back of the net 38 times, including 27 across all competitions during the 2012-13 season.
That success translated to the international level, as Altidore most recently scored goals in four straight contests, including a couple of beauties in World Cup qualifying to put the Americans at the top of the CONCACAF table.
Although he has scored 17 international goals for the senior team, there is little question he is currently playing better than ever.
Nearly relegated Sunderland—and Team USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who will need Altidore for the rest of qualifying and the World Cup—will be hoping the talented striker can continue that tremendous form going into 2014.
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