The agent for Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has said that he will visit the club during the upcoming international break in order to resolve his client’s future.
Altidore’s struggles in the north east have been well-documented at this point, with the imposing front man finding himself behind both Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher in the pecking order, having netted just once in 37 Premier League games since arriving from AZ Alkmaar last summer.
The 24-year-old has started two Capital One Cup ties this season, scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City in September, but has only made six brief top-flight appearances for a total of 87 minutes.
‘I'll be in Sunderland next week to discuss where things are [with Altidore],’ said agent Lyle Yorks to ESPN FC reporter Jeff Carlisle.
‘There's a lot of interest in Jozy. I've been approached by many clubs and we're going to evaluate everything in the next two months.’
Yorks added that a number of clubs from both the Bundesliga and Serie A have already been in contact regarding Atlidore’s future, and that French side Lille have been courting the US international since the summer.
With his pivotal role on the national team, Altidore stressed the need for regular first-team football last month, and conceded that he would need to look for a move come the winter if he continued to be confined to the Sunderland bench.
‘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 said prior the US’s friendly against Ecuador. ‘But like I said this four years I want to be part of the national team.
‘Jurgen [Klismann’s] 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.’
Some reports have claimed that the Black Cats themselves are already preparing to ship Altidore out in January, as they bid to bring in other reinforcements up top, but the former MLS star has also insisted that he’s keen to stay at the Stadium of Light if given a chance to prove his worth.
‘It is not easy, obviously, but it is what it is, the situation I am in,’ he added. ‘I have nothing negative to say about Sunderland – I like being there, I like the fans, I enjoy the coach, I have a lot of good friends there. It is just about making it work, and if not, then looking elsewhere.’