Sunderland’s Altidore linked with Werder Bremen

Jozy Altidore misses a open goal chance for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
Jozy Altidore misses a open goal chance for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
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WERDER Bremen are the latest European club to be linked with a January move for Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.

The American international endured another miserable afternoon in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham after spurning a gilt-edged opportunity on the stroke of half-time.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted Altidore was “devastated” by the miss afterwards, as the 24-year-old’s problems in front of goal at club level continued.

Altidore hasn’t scored in the Premier League for more than a year, despite his prolific goal return on the international stage, and that has understandably prompted speculation that Sunderland will sanction his departure in the January transfer window.

Reports yesterday indicated that Bundesliga side Bremen were interested in taking Altidore on loan in January, with a view to a permanent move next summer.

Certainly, Bundesliga scouts have been watching Altidore in action for his country, while French club Lille are known to be still keeping tabs on the £7million frontman after making an enquiry for his services during the summer.

However, Altidore has started Sunderland’s last two games after admitting earlier in the season that he would have to consider his future at the Stadium of Light if he continued to be limited to a bit-part role.

Poyet revealed that he kept Altidore in the starting XI to offer some pace in-behind the Hammers defence.

“I watched a few of the games and when we’ve been at home, we miss people going in behind,” said Poyet.

“I think Jozy does it a bit better than Fletch (Steven Fletcher).

“And then when it was a bit more open, you can have Fletch in the box.

“It was just a decision.

“If Jozy scores, you would be saying what a great decision I made!

“We’re searching.

“I think I need to find the formula because at the moment, this is the group we’ve got and we have to go with that.”