Done Deal: US international Jozy Altidore agrees to Sunderland move, fee of $5-10m mooted
- Updated: July 5, 2013
Jozy Altidore has announced he is heading back to the Premier League on his official website on Friday night.
According to the article on JozyAltidore.com:
Alkmaar Zaanstreek agreed to sell the rights to striker Jozy Altidore to Sunderland Association Football Club of the English Premier League. Financial terms of the transfer fee agreed upon between AZ and Sunderland were not disclosed.
Altidore’s transfer is contingent upon him passing a physical, which is scheduled for Monday, with the Sunderland medical staff.
The American international has had an amazing two seasons at AZ Alkmaar in Holland, during which time he has scored 51 goals in 93 appearances, including 31 goals in 40 matches during 2012-13.
Altidore, 23-years-old, is returning to the Premier League after a stint with Hull back in 2009-10. The Americans days with the Tigers weren’t that successful with Altidore scoring just once in 28 games, however the striker has matured and developed his game significantly since last playing in England, and Sunderland fans should be excited about their new acquisition.
Physical, aggressive and with a keen eye for goal, Altidore has all the attributes to make it big at the Stadium of Light. Together with the guidance of Paolo Di Canio, Altidore should prove a handful for many Premier League defences in the upcoming season.
The signing is excellent news for Sunderland, who last season watched Steven Fletcher top their scoring chances with just 11 goals whilst no other Black Cat managed to hit double figures.
Sunderland are rumoured to have paid between $5-10 million for the American attacker.