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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, July 15, 2011
American forward Jozy Altidore is on the verge of heading to Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar on a new permanent contract.

AZ press officer Daan Schipers told YA that the deal is imminent with only formalities remaining. The specific terms of the deal have not been confirmed, however, sources say the transfer fee is around $3 million with Altidore signing a four-year pact.

"We are talking with [Altidore] and the deal is very close," Schipers told YA. "It's a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's.'"

If the deal moves forward, it will be Altidore's fifth team in Europe since leaving MLS in 2008 to sign with Villarreal. While under contract with the Spaniards, the US international went on loan to Xerez, England's Hull City, and, in the most recent stint, at Turkish squad Bursaspor where he played in 12 games and scored one goal for the former Super Lig champs.

AZ Alkmaar are coming off a solid Eredivisie season where they finished in fourth, qualifying for a spot in the 2011/12 Europa League. AZ open the Dutch calendar on August 5th when they host DaMarcus Beasley's former squad, PSV Eindhoven.
Mike E
Tuesday July 19, 2011 1:54 pm
Jozy to the Netherlands - Adu to follow? Hope so. Liked that pairing since the U-20 cup in Canada four years ago.
TIgerballs
Monday July 18, 2011 12:44 pm
Stop bigging him up!!!! Leave the lad be! He needs to drop down several levels and find his confidence!
Rick
Monday July 18, 2011 10:56 am
The good things about this move is the Dutch really know how to develop players and bring talent along to reach its potential. He's a young guy and you gotta have the confidence up front. Watching Jose over the past few years has been so frustrating because you can just see him struggling to breakthrough to consistent first team play.

I believe this could be the real launching ground for Jose's to mature. I bet he rises quickly if the environment supports him.
Brent
Monday July 18, 2011 3:31 am
I like it. He is still only 21 so he has time to get better and I'm sure he will. The Eredivisie is a 2nd rate league so he should get playing time. I look forward to watching him on Euro-goals on Tuesdays. He does good for us up top.

No one should expect a 19 yr old American9Jozy) to get playing time with one of the top 30 teams (Villarreal) in the world.

He will improve greatly. 1st season 7 goals. 2nd season 12 goals. 3rd season 14 goals. 4th season 19 goals.

Jozy Jozy Jozy!
Drew
Sunday July 17, 2011 3:27 pm
I disagree, Villareal was a great move, his first touch and technique has increased more than it ever couldve under mls coaching. And the time at Hull was great for his hold up play and his tactical accumen as he got alot of play time in the premier league. He had a great goal in the gold cup, and it is onlya matter of time before believe he breaks out. Aguedelo is not getting playing time in New York, and needs to get to Europe or another MLS team as fast as possible.
Nadani
Sunday July 17, 2011 11:37 am
Excellent move! This will allow Jozy to work under some of the best soccer coaches in the world. The US National team will have a much stronger and well rounded forward in a couple of years.
doug
Saturday July 16, 2011 3:42 pm
Jozy shouldn't have left NYRB coulda tutored under Angel and now Henry. Whoever are the US advisors they are horribly mismanaging his and Adu's career with these huge jumps so ealry in thier careers. Hopefully you can turn it on Jozy.............
Murph
Saturday July 16, 2011 10:25 am
we've been waiting for "it" long enough... and "It" isn't happening mate!
TomM
Friday July 15, 2011 8:19 pm
This is were it's going to happen for Jozy. Wait for it....
Mike
Friday July 15, 2011 5:02 pm
It's good to see that it's not a loan but that AZ really want him for the long haul. In reality, when Jozy left the Red Bulls, AZ or another Eredivisie team probably would have made more sense than Villarreal. Biting off more than he could chew really hurt his development.
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