Misfiring Sunderland striker’s nightmare far from over

Jozy Altidore’s hapless spell at Premier League side Sunderland is no closer to coming to an end as talks with three MLS clubs for a potential transfer remain in their preliminary stages.

The US striker has gone more than a year without scoring a Premier League goal – leading to a section of Sunderland supporters mockingly referring to him as ‘Dozy Anti-score’ – yet a concrete offer from the MLS to end his nightmare on Wearside is still a long way off.

The 25 year-old centre-forward – who once had an unsuccessful loan spell at fellow Premier League side Hull City – cost the Black Cats £6.5 million from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2013 yet he has a pitiful three goals to his name after 50 appearances for the club.

Portand Timbers, Toronto FC and Altidore’s former employers New York Red Bulls are interested in reviving Altidore’s career but Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated that a sale is not imminent.

“They know more in America than me,” Poyet said.

“The agent was coming over two or three months ago but, since then, nothing.

“Officially there has been no approach for any of our players so we need to wait. But with Jozy things are clear – we talk together a lot and we are both very clear on what the future should bring.”

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