Wednesday, August 5, 2009
According to Spanish club Villarreal, a loan to an English club for US national team forward Jozy Altidore will be completed in the next 24-48 hours.

The striker has been the subject of rumors all summer long ranging from moves to Greek club Olympiakos, French club Saint Etienne and Premiership clubs Fulham and Hull City.

The southern Spanish club who owns the rights to Altidore are now saying that a move to England is imminent.

"Altidore is in England right now," said Villarreal spokeswoman Marian Solsana. "We expect to make an announcement either today or tomorrow."

Villarreal would not confirm the details of the loan nor specific club where Altidore would land, but it has been reported that a year long deal with Hull City is near completion.

The young native of New Jersey had returned to Villarreal on July 27th to resume training for the upcoming season.

Altidore appeared in six matches with the Comunidad de Valencia club last season and scored one goal.
Brent Storrs
Thursday August 6, 2009 10:30 am
I don't like the move. Going from not playing in the La Liga to not playing in 2nd Div Spain then to England Premier where he will have to battle it out every week assuming he is even on the pitch. Adu and Altidore have greedy agents that just want the big money moves. He won't get much playing time guaranteed! Championship or Greece would be much better, there he would actually play and develop. i hope I am wrong but we shall see. Terrible move!
Thursday August 6, 2009 9:32 am
tigersam - you did the double over us and stole our jimmy... but that doesn't make your club better than fulham fc...

51NC3P0NG - yes, we have remained in the premeirship by the skin of our teeth, but that was two and three years ago, and we have a MUCH better manager now... who guided us into europe... while the europa league could make our EPL campaign harder, i have faith in roy hodgson...

and this is not a dig at hull, but if/when jozy goes there, he will play... which is more than we can say at fulham... but mostly because we have 4 forwards right now, and phil brown is practically begging for forwards over at hull... i think jozy will make an excellent addition, and i think he'll get to play valuable minutes, so it's a great deal for both sides... in terms of hull supporters, i feel like this should really remedy any ill feelings for all the strikers that have said no to hull city this summer...
Thursday August 6, 2009 12:30 am
As long as he gets a starting spot, who cares where he goes? If he's going to perform in the World Cup, he must play next season.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 11:40 pm
It's D(e)rby... and Jozy will do well! good luck to em!
Wednesday August 5, 2009 6:31 pm
I'm not so sure. What kind of service can he expect at Hull? I have visions of Darby County here. I hope for his sake it is a loan.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 5:49 pm
tigersam - Yes, as a matter of fact, it would. :-)

Look...Not trying to start an argument, but c'mon...Hull only avoided relegation by a single point, and that only because Newcastle was an embarrassment to English football. Fulham only beat out Hull by, what, 17 or 18 points? While giving up around half the number of goals? When Fulham is playing in Europa, what is Hull doing?

Let's not pretend that Hull is anything other than a Premier League bottom feeder at which Jozy can go, start, and get some MUCH needed experience against some very quality teams. Hull may even challenge for the middle of the table if they can find some kind of defense to go with an improved attack.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 4:58 pm
I think we have to stop thinking about which club names we like and focus on Jozy getting playing time. Hull is a great choice, in the best league to develop Altidore.

Work rate, pace, working with back to the ball, finishing your chances, overcoming great defenders. Enough said.

The only reason Fulham kept Dempsey was because he kept THEM in the premier league with that one goal. Jozy's wouldn't get many chances, he will get Plenty with Hull.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 3:52 pm
"EJ put such a bad taste in Fulham for American strikers" ?

What's your point? McBride did very well at Fulham, and I don't think being American had anything to do with Johnson struggling, or McBride's success.

I wish more clubs would realize this and not judge the ability of footballers by their nationality, but by their accomplishments in training and matches.

Fulham would be lucky to get Altidore. Perhaps it would help snap the string of disappointing league finishes for the Cottagers, who in the last four years find themselves scraping into the top 10 of the Premiership, or staving off relegation.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 3:12 pm
Hull is a good fit for Josy...EJ put such a bad taste in Fulham for American strikers. The speed of the English League will be a good test for him. Can he match the quickness, if so, he will come back to the Nat. Team a better all rounded player.
Wednesday August 5, 2009 2:07 pm
If you read his Twitter feed, you would realize that the move is to ... Hull City.
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