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Black Cats agree fee for striker

AZ Almaar confirm that a fee has been agreed upon

By | 6th July 2013
jozy altidore

It is reported by BBC Sport today that American striker Jozy Altidore is on the verge of a move from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland. According to the website of AZ Alkmaar, a transfer fee to send the American to England has been agreed upon.

Altidore had a great season with AZ last year, helping the club to win their first Dutch Cup since 1982, a competition they were unable to grab victory in back in 2007, as they finished second to Ajax. The 23 year old scored 31 goals for the top flight Eredivisie club during last year’s campaign, making him the first American player to score more than 30 goals for a European club.

Altidore had struggled to find a home in Europe over the last few years before his successful season with AZ last year. After scoring only twice in 30 appearances for Hull City in the 2009-2010 campaign, he scored two goals the following season in 11 appearances for Spanish side Villareal. His goal scoring ability last year thrust him into possible transfer conversations, and it seems that the talk has finally substantiated with his move to England.

Once the move to Sunderland becomes official, it will make this summer an extremely busy one for the Black Cats, as they have already made 6 signings. After adding Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge, Cabral, Duncan Watmore, David Moberg Karlsson, and goalkeeper Vito Mannone, Sunderland look to finish higher in the table this year after narrowly missing relegation by only three points.

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