Sunderland agree fee for AZ Alkmaar striker Altidore

Sunderland have agreed a fee with AZ Alkmaar for striker Jozy Altidore, according to Sky Sports.

Altidore spent a year in the Premier League on loan at Hull during the 2009-10 season, and while he proved popular with the fans was unable to secure their Premier League survival, and consequently was not signed on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old announced on his personal website on Friday that the move had been agreed and that he would be joining the Black Cats, but this statement was quickly removed.

Sky Sports now understands that Altidore is due on Wearside for a medical on Monday before being officially unveiled as Paolo Di Canio’s latest signing as the Italian seeks to reshape the Stadium of Light outfit.

Altidore has found his goalscoring form during his time at Alkmaar, netting 31 goals in all competitions last season, and as a result has enjoyed a revitalised reputation since his time at Hull where he found goals hard to come by, scoring one Premier League goal in 28 games for the Tigers.

He has represented his native USA 60 times since making his international debut in 2007, scoring 17 goals.

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