United States international completes Stadium of Light switch.
Sunderland have completed the signing of AZ Alkmaar’s American hotshot Jozy Altidore today, according to an official statement made by Sunderland.
The 23-year old striker has agreed terms to a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, after a fee, believed to be in the region of £6million was agreed for the American. Altidore has notched 38 goals in 67 appearances for Alkmaar since joining the club in 2011, becoming one of the most prolific forwards in Dutch football.
Having spent time in England, on loan at Hull City back in 2009, Altidore is expected to adjust well to life in the Premier League with Sunderland, who are looking for an improved season next time around, after a full pre-season under manager Paolo di Canio.
A club statement read: “Sunderland AFC have confirmed the signing of US striker Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats, for an undisclosed fee. The striker is set to join up with Head Coach Paolo Di Canio and his new team mates at their training camp in Italy on Tuesday.”
Sunderland have not enjoyed success in other deals, after losing out to Marseille for the signing of highly-rate Le Havre defender Benjamin Mendy, who is expected to join the French club this week. The left-back rejected a move to Sunderland as Marseille’s interest grew in him. Sunderland are also expected to lose out in their efforts to sign Velez defender Gino Peruzzi, who has opted to stay in Argentina.