Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has told Goal.com that he was thinking about leaving the Stadium of Light four months before his actual departure.
Altidore left Sunderland to join FC Toronto last week, as part of the deal which brought Jermain Defoe to Wearside, and it was a move that he has been waiting for a long time to complete.
“There was a point in like October where I think it was from both sides," he explained. "I think Defoe obviously was unhappy and then I had got a text from Michael (Bradley), ‘Would you ever be interested in coming to MLS?’ That’s when I kind of started thinking about it."
The powerful American endured a torrid time with the Black Cats after signing for the club back in 2013.
Altidore came with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, but he was unable to ever live up to the pressure and never looked like being the man to lead the line for the North East outfit.
The 25-year-old scored just one goal in 40 Premier League appearances for Sunderland, with his displays becoming more and more ineffective.
Altidore will now be hoping that a move back to MLS can help him regain his confidence. The target man is one of his nation's most high profile players and he will be aiming to show people that his disappointing spell with Sunderland wasn't a fair reflection on his ability.