Altidore’s agent to hold Sunderland talks

Sunderland's Jozy Altidore.
Sunderland's Jozy Altidore.

JOZY Altidore’s agent will hold discussions with Sunderland next week over the striker’s future at the Stadium of Light.

Altidore is yet to start a Premier League game for Sunderland this season, although he was introduced from the bench in last night’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The American revealed on international duty last month that he would consider moving to pastures new in the January transfer window, if he continued to be limited to a bit-part role at Sunderland.

And his representative, Lyle Yorks, is due on Wearside next week to hold discussions with Sunderland’s hierarchy over Altidore’s situation.

“I’ll be in Sunderland next week to discuss where things are,” Yorks told ESPN.

“There’s a lot of interest in Jozy.

“I’ve been approached by many clubs and we’re going to evaluate everything in the next two months.”

French side Lille are thought to be admirers of Altidore after making an enquiry with Sunderland over the 24-year-old during the summer.

Yorks claims clubs from the Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1 are also among those eyeing Altidore, while there is no shortage of interest in the former Hull City loanee from the MLS.

But if Sunderland do allow Altidore to leave the club in the transfer window, the Black Cats will be keen to recoup the bulk of the £7million they spent to bring the frontman from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2013.