Report: Michael Bradley hopes Sunderland's Jozy Altidore joins him at Toronto FC

Toronto FC's Michael Bradley has told the Canadian press of his desire to link up with US teammate Jozy Altidore at the club level.

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley has told the Toronto Sun that he would love to see Jozy Altidore join him at the MLS club this month.

Altidore, 25, looks all but set to leave Sunderland in the coming weeks, having fallen out of favour in the North East after netting just three goals in 52 total appearances since arriving at the club from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2013.

The misfiring striker’s agent has reiterated in recent months that a host of European sides remain interested in his client’s agent, with French outfit Lille said to be the front-runners, but reports over the past week have since stated that discussions are on-going about a return to MLS.

The New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Toronto have all been linked with his signature, and Bradley believes his international teammate would prove a huge hit at BMO Field.

“There isn’t anybody who thinks more of Jozy as a player than me,” he said. “He and I have played together on the national team for a long time.

“Wherever he ends up at the end of this transfer window, that club is going to be getting a complete striker. He’s somebody who has a desire and a determination to improve himself like no other.”

TFC head coach Grey Vanney acknowledged the club’s interest in Altidore at the weekend, but stressed there were a lot of hoops to jump through before a potential deal could be reached.

“Any time a big-time player is coming back into the league, we want to be in the discussion,” he told club’s official website. “There are a lot of mechanisms that have to go in place for a lot of those things to happen.

“But if there’s a discussion of a guy who understands the league, who has been successful in the league and can help a team, we want to be at least in the discussion about that. We’re not going to hide from that.”

With Toronto looking to offload the unsettled Jermain Defoe at present, it has been mooted that a swap deal with Sunderland for Altidore could be the most workable solution for both sides.

However, the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s £70,000-per-week wages have so far proved a stumbling block to a potential Premier League return, despite the Canadian outfit dropping their asking price from £6 million to £3 million over the weekend.

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