This afternoon Sunderland announced the signing of USMNT striker Jozy Altidore to a four-year deal. The transfer fee is rumored to be £8.5million (around $13 million).
Altidore, 23, is Sunderland’s sixth summer signing and has been brought in to boost Paolo Di Canio’s attacking options, with the club heavily reliant on the goals of Steven Fletcher last season.
“I’m thrilled to be here,” Altidore told Sunderland’s official website. “It’s a fantastic club, I’m really excited about this season and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
According to a statement on the club website, Altidore is set to join head coach Paolo Di Canio and his new team mates in Italy for training camp on Tuesday.
In the 2009-10 season, Altidore played in the Premier League with Hull City, while he was on loan from Villarreal. While at Hull City, Altidore only found the back of the net once.
However, in 2011 Altidore joined AZ Alkmaar and had one of the best seasons by an American overseas, scoring 38 goals in 67 appearances.
While many question Altidore’s return to the English Premier League, I see this as a huge opportunity for Altidore to redeem himself with fans of the EPL. Altidore is older, wiser, and more skillful today than he was back in the 2009 season, expect the US start to shine in Sunderland.