SUNDERLAND are hopeful that Jozy Altidore will link up with his new team-mates at the club’s Italian training camp, as the Black Cats look to finalise a deal for the striker.
Altidore was due on Wearside today for a medical after AZ Alkmaar accepted an offer from Sunderland on Friday for the 23-year-old.
The American international flew to England over the weekend and Alkmaar do not envisage any hurdles towards the deal, which is worth around £6million, although the Dutch club have refused to confirm a fee.
If Altidore’s move does go through smoothly and Sunderland can secure their number one attacking target of the summer, then the former Hull City loanee is likely to travel to Italy to join Paolo Di Canio’s men.
Sunderland flew out to their pre-season base in the Verona area yesterday and will remaining at the training camp until the middle of next week.
Altidore, who has two years remaining on his contract at Alkmaar, has been keen on a move to Sunderland since learning of the Black Cats’ interest and it was his own website who broke the news of the Black Cats’ successful bid on Friday night.
The powerful frontman said last month how he wanted to return to the Premier League after netting just once in 28 appearances for Hull as a teenager.
“If you look at everything, the Premier League is probably the biggest league in the world,” he said.
“Everybody knows that and it would be a pleasure to play in a league like that again.”