by Fitzgerald Cecilio

Sunderland, England

United States national team striker Jozy Altidore is headed back to the Premier League joining Sunderland.

The fee for Altidore's transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar has been agreed upon and he is now allowed to speak to Sunderland.

The striker has yet to reach an agreement with the Premier League club and pass a medical examination at Wearside on Monday before signing an expected multi-year contract.  

Altidore, 23, had two successful seasons at AZ Alkmaar. He scored 31 goals in 2012-13 and helped AZ to its first Dutch Cup triumph in 31 years.

He has also scored in his past four appearances for the U.S. national team, including those in crucial World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.

Altidore spent the 2009-10 season in the Premier League at Hull City on loan from Villareal but managed only one goal in 28 appearances. 


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