Report : Jozy Altidore Set For Besiktas Move

Justin DowlingContributor IAugust 4, 2010

A move to Turkey for the young American?

Sources close to Jozy Altidore have told Goal.comUSA that the 20-year-old USA international and striker for Spanish side Villareal will be joining 13-time Turkish league Champions Besiktas in the very near future.

Altidore is seen as one of the most promising star's of the growing number of young American's to come to the forefront of world football in the last two years. Altidore spent last season on loan to premier league side Hull City in which he had trouble finding the back of the net. The English side was relegated to the second division and Altidore was sent back to Spain.

Without being able to solidify a spot in the starting line-up for Villareal, Jozy has been the target of rumored transfers this summer having already been linked with Dutch club AJAX.

It now seems that the 20-year-old is headed to Turkey in a long term capacity with the rumored deal being between four and six years in length. This should help him find regular first team football with a club since arriving to Europe in the summer of 2008.

Altidore started all four games for the USA at this past summer's World Cup and has impressed so far with the national team but his inability to find the back of the net thus far for European clubs has hindered his starting chances.

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If this deal does go through, he will be getting the chance to play in the Europa League this season alongside one of the greatest passers of our generation in Guti who recently signed from Real Madrid, and also one of the most creative talents but "big club" misfit in Portuguese forward Ricardo Quaresma who has failed to impress outside of the Portuguese league with stints at Barcelona, Chelsea, and Inter Milan respectively but definitely posses the ability to make things happen. 

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