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American Striker Jozy Altidore Joins Sunderland On 4-Year Deal

jozy altidore3 600x337 American Striker Jozy Altidore Joins Sunderland On 4 Year Deal

The latest American to call the English Premier League his “home” happened this afternoon after Sunderland announced a four-year deal to sign US striker Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar. The transfer fee is rumored to be £8.5million.

Altidore’s first chance to play for Sunderland in the Premier League is the weekend of August 17-19 when the Black Cats play at home against Fulham.

“The striker is set to join up with Head Coach Paolo Di Canio and his new team mates at their training camp in Italy on Tuesday,” said a statement on the club website.

Altidore joined AZ in 2011, scoring 38 goals in 67 appearances. He has also scored 17 goals in 60 appearances for the US national team.

Personally, I’m extremely looking forward to seeing Altidore play in the Premier League again. Don’t be surprised if Sunderland starts having more fans Stateside once Altidore starts banging in the goals in the Premier League.

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5 Responses to American Striker Jozy Altidore Joins Sunderland On 4-Year Deal

  1. Andy says:

    So happy for jozy right now, I think this is a great move. Sunderland aren’t exactly flushed with strikers at the moment, so jozy will definitely get game time. He’s got the power and physicality too thrive in the premier league, and I think he’s matured and honed his game in recent years. Looking forward to the season!

  2. says:

    With a different manager, I would be happy about this move. However Di Canio and Altidore do not sound like a match made in Heaven.

  3. Conor Canavan says:

    they definitely needed a new striker because danny graham isn’t reliable any more and fletcher gets injured often. when he was with hull though, he was a flop.

    • Clampdown says:

      He was 19, FFS. And he played for an awful team with an awful manager and an awful midfield. Very unfair to label him a flop.

  4. Justin says:

    This is a solid move for Jozy. He is obviously still very young and his situation at Sunderland will give him the opportunity to improve his game on the highest level.

    Many Americans want their players to only go to big clubs, but that’s not how things are done (unless you are some phenom). You have to go to a smaller, less-known club first to prove yourself, then the big boys will come knocking (look at Clint Dempsey).

    Well in Jozy, I’ve suddenly taken an interest in Sunderland.

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