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Jozy Altidore to join Sunderland

American striker Jozy Altidore is headed back to the Premier League.

Altidore's long-rumored transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland in the Premiership has been agreed and is on course to be finalized Monday, sources close to the situation told ESPN FC.

AZ Alkmaar have confirmed Saturday that Sunderland's bid for Altidore has been accepted.

Altidore, 23, is now allowed to speak to Sunderland and could have a medical as early as Monday.

A statement on the Eredivisie side's official website read: "AZ Alkmaar and Sunderland reached an agreement on the transfer of Jozy Altidore on Friday.

"If the 23-year-old forward reaches an agreement with the Premier League club and passes a medical examination, he will sign a contract lasting several years in England. At AZ, Altidore had a contract until 2015."

Sunderland have been chasing Altidore for weeks after the U.S. national team striker became the first American to score more than 30 goals in a European season in helping AZ Alkmaar win the Dutch Cup.

ESPN has been told Sunderland have already seen two bids rejected by AZ, with the club understood to want between €8-10 million for the striker.

Altidore has blossomed into one of Europe's most coveted transfer targets after two successful seasons at AZ Alkmaar, where former U.S. international Earnie Stewart works as director of football. Altidore scored 31 goals in all competitions in 2012-13 and helped AZ to its first Dutch Cup triumph in 31 years.

He has also scored in his past four appearances for the U.S. national team, including goals in crucial World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.

Altidore spent the 2009-10 season in the Premier League at Hull City on loan from Villareal but managed only one goal in 28 appearances.


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