The 24-year-old has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, racking up just 53 minutes of action for the Black Cats.
Having suffered a tournament ending injury in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, he has failed to since hold down a place in Gus Poyet’s side, and with just one league goal in 30 games last season, the North East-based side are said to be considering selling the forward.
The Daily Star reported that Burnley are interested in making a move for the US international, with him keen on securing first-team football to remain in the plans of international boss Jurgen Klinsmann. Whilst the Clarets have struggled to find the back of the net themselves this season, a move for Altidore could represent a good move for the pair, with a fresh start for the 24-year-old maybe finally allowing him to prosper in the Premier League.
However, the player has come out himself and refuted the supposed interest, telling ESPN that he has not heard anything about Sean Dyche making a move for his talents.
Quoted by the Shields Gazette, Altidore said: “I have no idea.
“I never heard anything.”
He broke his nine-month goal drought in a League Cup tie against Stoke City last month but his failure to break into the Black Cats first-team plans will potentially restrict his involvement in the USA’s set-up for the next four years. He was linked with a move to MLS club Columbus Crew during the summer, and he revealed that he may make a move away from the Stadium of Light in January if the situation does not change in the coming weeks.
“I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I’ve played,” he added.
“But like I said, this four years I want to be part of the national team.
“Jurgen makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans.”