Altidore linked with Sunderland move

American striker Jozy Altidore, currently with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, is the subject of a bid from Paulo Di Canio’s Sunderland, according to Sky Sports, with Fulham also interested.

The 23-year-old has attracted interest after a prolific season with AZ, in which he scored 31 goals, the best in his career. Clubs across Germany and Italy are said to be monitoring the situation, however Sunderland are thought to be the English club who are in ‘advanced discussions’. Altidore’s agent confirmed the talks, but did not reveal the club involved.

Altidore spent the 2009-10 season with Hull City, as the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League. His spell there was also unsuccessful on a personal level, as he managed only two goals. Despite that, he was a member of the USA team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, starting all four of his country’s matches at the tournament.

Sunderland have already signed midfielder Cabral, and defenders Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge, this summer, but have not added to their forward line. They relied heavily on Steven Fletcher for goals last season, and Di Canio sees Altidore as a solution to that.

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