Altidore completes transfer to Sunderland

Avi Creditor
July 9, 2013
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Jozy Altidore is headed back to the Premier League.

AZ Alkmaar announced the completion of Altidore's transfer from the Eredivisie side to Sunderland Tuesday, ending a prolific two-year stay in the Netherlands.

Altidore tallied 50 goals in all competitions in his two seasons with AZ, including 31 this past season, which set a single-season record for an American abroad. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but AZ said that Altidore has passed his physical after the two clubs agreed upon the transfer on Friday.

Sunderland will become the 23-year-old Altidore's eighth team, and it presents him with a chance to return to the Premier League, where he played on loan at Hull City during the 2009-2010 campaign.

He will join a side managed by the eccentric Paolo Di Canio, and one that scored the third-fewest goals (41) in the Premier League last season. Only Stoke City (34) and Queens Park Rangers (30) scored fewer goals, and Steven Fletcher led the team with 11 goals despite having his season come to an end in March.

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