SUNDERLAND striker Jozy Altidore is in the sights of three MLS clubs, according to reports emerging from America.
Altidore’s goal drought in the Premier League has stretched on for more than a year, with the 25-year-old starting just two top flight games for the Black Cats since last March.
But reports in the US have indicated that Altidore’s miserable spell at the Stadium of Light could be approaching its end, with significant interest in taking the frontman back to his homeland.
New York Red Bulls, the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC have all been credited with an interest in Altidore, with discussions reportedly taking place with the MLS over a move for the USA skipper.
Sunderland are eager to claw back as much of the £7million they invested in Altidore as possible, yet there is also a realisation that a departure may be in the interests of all parties.
Altidore has previously admitted that he would have to consider his future in the January transfer window if he continued to play a bit-part role at the Stadium of Light.
And while there has been interest in Europe from French club Lille and German side Werder Bremen, both suitors have been looking for a loan deal.
Altidore’s only goal this season came in the League Cup third round defeat to Stoke City, and he wasn’t even on the bench for last weekend’s FA Cup win over Leeds United.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet claimed Altidore’s absence was due to the need for defensive cover on the bench, with teenage pair Tom Robson and Tom Beadling both included among the substitutes.