Report: Sunderland forward Jozy Altidore scouted by Werder Bremen

Jozy Altidore

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are keen on signing Sunderland’s £7 million-rated forward Jozy Altidore in January.

Altidore has failed to truly impress since joining Sunderland from Eredivise side AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2013.

41 Premier League appearances have yielded just one goal on Wearside, and the USA international suffered the indignity of being dropped to the Under-21 side at the end of the last campaign due to his poor form. He returned to the Black Cats first-team fold at the start of this season, but with head coach Gus Poyet confirming that the club will be targeting a striker in January, many have suspected that the 25-year-old will be on his way out of the club come the turn of the year.

His impressive tally of 39 goals in 67 games in the Netherlands has kept European interest in the forward, and French side Lille OSC were reportedly keen on taking him in January as a replacement for the potentially Liverpool-bound Divock Origi, whilst it has now been reported by the Sunderland Echo that Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have been scouting Altidore for a number of weeks.

The report indicates that the German side would be keen on taking Altidore on loan in January, with a view to a permanent switch in the summer, should he impress whilst with Die Werderaner.

Despite his lack of goals for the Black Cats, Altidore has started the last two successive Premier League games, although he missed a golden opportunity at the weekend to gift Sunderland victory over West Ham. The Wearside cub have netted just 14 goals in 16 games - the third lowest in the top flight - and the lack of composure seen at the Stadium of Light has placed a forward at the top of Poyet’s transfer list for the January transfer window.

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