Agent for Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore talks up European interest

Jozy Altidore

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is attracting interest from a whole host of European clubs, according to agent Lyle Yorks.

The agent for unsettled Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has revealed that a whole host of European clubs are keen on a January move for his client.

Altidore’s struggles at Sunderland been well-documented at this point, with the imposing front man stuck behind both Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher in the pecking order, having scored just three goals in 47 total appearances since arriving from AZ Alkmaar last summer.

The US international himself has stressed that he will look for a solution this winter if he continues to be confined to the club’s bench, with French club Lille reported to be one of the front-runners for his signature.

Representatives of the Ligue 1 outfit were in London this month to see him captain Jurgen Klinsmann’s side and score the opener from a spot-kick in the 2-1 defeat to Colombia at Craven Cottage, with agent Lyle Yorks adding that they were not alone.

"Three Italian clubs came to see him in London, as well as two French teams and German clubs," he told MLSsoccer.com. "He has interest throughout Europe."

A return to MLS for the 25-year-old has also been rumoured, with expansion side New York City FC mentioned as a potential destination, but Yorks’ comments suggest a move across Europe is the likelier outcome.

"There's been a lot of interest for Jozy in Major League Soccer, but there have not been any really serious conversations," he said.

Altidore is still to start a Premier League game this season, having been limited to six substitute appearances for a total of 87 minutes.

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