BRENT LATHAM - Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ending a summer of speculation, American forward Josmer Altidore has been loaned to English Premier club Hull City for the upcoming 2009/10 season, with the option for a permanent move to the club.
"The loan is for one season," Villarreal spokeswoman Marian Solsona told YA. "There is an option to buy at the end of the season."
The New Jersey native will join a Hull strike force which had significant problems finding the net in their previous season, averaging just a touch over one goal per game, fading in the spring to only escape relegation on the season's last day.
However, the move will require a successful appeal of the initial denial of a UK work permit as the youngster falls under the 75% requirement for international "A" games.
"We'll make the appeal on Monday," Hull's Gareth Griffiths relayed to YA. "We're not sure how long it will take, but hopefully it will go through before the season starts."
The move ends months of rumors which had seen the former Red Bull linked with a plethora clubs across Europe, including Premier League competitors Fulham and Everton, Greek champions Olympiakos and several clubs in Germany amongst a host of others.
After being purchased by parent club Villarreal from New York for an MLS record sum of $10 million in June 2008, Altidore spent the first half-season with the Yellow Submarine before being loaned out Xerez CD of the Spanish Segunda Division for an ultimately unsuccessfully loan during which he never took the field.
While finding his club playing time sparse during the spring, Altidore's superb play for the USMNT during the spring and summer brought a significant amount of attention to his services, with his game-winning goal in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup against Spain placing him squarely on the international stage.
Hull, in their final week of preseason, begin their season on Saturday, August 15 in London against reigning FA Cup holders Chelsea.