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Football: Altidore set for Sunderland move


American striker Jozy Altidore is set to join Premier League side Sunderland from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar after the clubs agreed terms for his transfer, the Press Association said Saturday.

An initial bid from the Black Cats was rejected by Alkmaar, but manager Paolo Di Canio maintained his interest and a deal was finally hammered out.

What remains is for the 23-year-old player's personal terms to be settled with Sunderland.

Altidore has previous English Premier League experience having spent the 2009-10 season on loan from Villarreal at Hull.

He scored one league goal as the Tigers headed for relegation, and his English experience came to a premature end when he was sent off against Sunderland in the penultimate match of the season.

He had joined Villarreal from New York Red Bulls in 2008 but spent much of his contract with the Spanish side on loan elsewhere, with Xerez, Hull and then Bursaspor.

The striker agreed a permanent move to AZ in July 2011 and finished his first campaign in the Netherlands with a haul of 22 goals in all competitions before adding 23 goals for the 2012-13 Eredivisie season, helping the club to a first KNVB Cup in 31 years.

Altidore has also scored 17 goals in 60 appearances for his country after making his senior debut in 2007. Having failed to score since November 2011, he ended a lengthy goal drought in an international friendly victory over Germany in Washington DC last month.

Should the move be completed, Altidore will join goalkeeper Vito Mannone, defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielder Cabral and winger David Moberg Karlsson next season at the Stadium of Light.