Wednesday 10 July 2013
Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has made his sixth signing of the summer with the acquisition of Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar. The 23-year-old USA striker has joined for an undisclosed fee, signing a five-year deal.
"I’m really excited about this season and to be a part of it"
"I'm thrilled to be here," Altidore told the Sunderland website. "It's a fantastic club, I’m really excited about this season and I’m excited to be a part of it."
After starting his career with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, Altidore moved to Villarreal in 2008. He was loaned out to fellow La Liga side Deportivo Xerez, then Besiktas in Turkey, before moving to the Barclays Premier League and Hull City in 2009. At Hull he played 28 League matches, scoring one goal, as he was unable to prevent the side from being relegated.
Altidore moved to AZ in July 2011 and scored 22 goals in all competitions in his first season in the Eredivisie. He went one better last season, helping AZ to a first Dutch Cup in 31 years.
For the United States, Altidore has scored 17 goals in 60 appearances since making his debut in 2007. His latest goal came in a friendly win against Germany in Washington DC last month.
The striker will join new signings goalkeeper Vito Mannone, defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielder Cabral and winger David Moberg Karlsson, as well as the rest of the Sunderland squad at their training camp in Italy next week. He is then set to fly on to Hong Kong, where he is expected make his debut for the club in the Barclays Asia Trophy. Sunderland kick off the competition when they face Tottenham Hotspur on 24 July.
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