Sunderland to listen to Altidore offers

Sunderland are set to make burly striker Jozy Altidore available for transfer during the January transfer window as manager Gustavo Poyet looks to refresh his striking options, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

The American international was signed by Paulo Di Canio in the summer of 2013 after having a prolific scoring record in the Dutch Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar. He was initially a regular in the side, but his goal against Chelsea in December represents the only time he has found the net in the Premier League for the Black Cats.

As a result, he has lost his place in the side to Connor Wickham and has found regular football hard to come by. In recent days, he has played down talk of a possible move to Burnley, while admitting that he needs games if he is to stay in contention on the international front.

Altidore would attract interest should he indeed be made available, and he is said to prefer a move abroad. The player himself has admitted that he could be gone by early 2015, saying: “I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I’ve played.

“But like I said, this four years I want to be part of the national team. Jurgen (Klinsmann) makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans.”

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