The Sunderland Echo has a decent-length write-up on the future of American striker Jozy Altidore at the Stadium Light, and his future is said to currently lie in either France or Germany.
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That’s because Bremen appears willing to include an option for a permanent deal, while Lille prefers to keep their options open. So it’s more likely he joins the host of Yanks in Germany rather than Ale Bedoya in France.
With Sunderland investing £7million in Altidore and mindful of Financial Fair Play, the Black Cats would be writing off funds to re-invest in the playing squad by letting the 25-year-old depart on loan.
Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, who watched Altidore in friendly action for the USA last month, were also linked with a loan move over the weekend, but those reports claimed the German outfit were ready to insert a £4m permanent clause in the deal.
I believe Altidore’s game could grow a great deal in Ligue 1, though the Bundesliga is certainly a preferred proving ground for Jurgen Klinsmann. Altidore’s production for his country and in the Eredivisie prove he’s a much better player than his horrible spell at Sunderland. Let’s hope something happens in January.