There is really no getting away from the fact that since arriving at Sunderland 18 months ago, Jozy Altidore’s time at the club has been an unprecedented flop.
So much so that manager Gus Poyet has claimed that the club are actively looking for a buyer for the forward – and should one be found, a transfer is expected before the end of this month according to the Guardian at least.
It is somewhat of a shame for the player, who arrived in the Premier League with a huge amount of hope and expectation but has seen his dreams fall flat – and his goal tally is unimpressive to say the very least. Altidore has now gone more than a year without finding the back of the net in the Premier League and it is not exactly a shocker to realise that the clubs lining up to buy him are all from the MLS.
That seems to be his level and whilst Sunderland are keen to see him leave the club, they are unwilling to take a massive hit on the £6.5 million they initially shelled out for him – something that is understandable to say the very least.
Manager Gus Poyet has claimed that there have been talks between MLS clubs, Altidore and his agent about a move but nothing is set in stone just quite yet.
Obviously Sunderland have also held preliminary talks with the MLS clubs who are keen on the forward, with his former club New York Red Bulls monitoring the situation, not to mention Portland Timbers and Toronto FC, but as has happened so many times before, talks stall and players fail to make the switch.
Poyet is clearly keen to see the flop leave – and bring in someone who can actually help ease the goalscoring burden on his other creative stars but as Poyet stated, the club can buy without selling – yet getting rid of the forward would not only add to their transfer kitty but it would also free up a place in their squad for a new player.
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