With Orlando City SC set for their inaugural MLS season in 2015, the expansion franchise are in the midst of identifying potential transfer targets for their opening roster.
The club have recently hinted that a Second Designated Player signing is in the works, following the summer addition Kaka, and their official Twitter account seems to have picked the man who it wants to star alongside the Brazilian maestro.
With US international and Florida-native Jozy Altidore turning 25 on Thursday, it couldn’t resist attempting to woo the Sunderland striker into a return to his home state, sending him congrats with a prodding message.
@OrlandoCitySC so I've heard. Loving the new kits and thank you.— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) November 6, 2014
Altidore’s struggles in the north east have, of course, 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.
With his pivotal role on the national team, the former New York Red Bulls hitman 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.’
With some reports claiming that Sunderland themselves are already preparing to ship Altidore out in January, the American’s agent Lyle Yorks noted his week that a number of clubs from the Bundesliga and Serie A have expressed interest in his client, while Lille are reported to be long-time pursuers.
A move back to MLS seems a long-shot at this point, but one can’t fault whoever is running the Orlando account for having a try, especially after the recent shock returns of US teammates Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.