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Is a return to MLS a realistic option for Jozy Altidore this month?

Jozy Altidore is being heavily linked with a return to Major League Soccer with three clubs believed to be interested in signing the 25-year-old USMNT striker.

Altidore left the New York Red Bulls as an 18-year-old back in 2008 to play in Europe where he has remained since, and his former club as well as the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC are all keeping tabs on the out of favour Sunderland man, according to Taylor Twellman.

The powerful forward is the best striker Jurgen Klinsmann has at his disposal for the US Men’s National Team and he has netted 25 goals in 76 appearances at international level so a return to MLS would be a major coup for the league.

However, his form at Sunderland tells a contrasting story. He has struggled for minutes, and scored just once in 42 Premier League games for the Black Cats.

That means Gus Poyet will be willing to let him leave this month, but only if the offer suits Sunderland as they paid around £8.5 million for him in July 2013.

The fact that Altidore still has over two years remaining on his current deal means that he will cost whichever MLS side decides to pursue him a hefty fee.

And Altidore reportedly wants a salary worth between $5-6 million if he is to return stateside, a deal that would make him one of the highest paid players in MLS and so he will be an expensive acquisition for whoever goes after him.

There is no doubt that Altidore would score goals in MLS with a return, but for such a large amount of money at this stage, it might be better for clubs to wait it out.

Teams in Germany and France are also tracking Altidore and staying in Europe for the time being would have to be a seen as more likely move for the US striker, and certainly something Klinsmann would want too.

Expect to see Altidore back in MLS someday, but whether or not that day will come soon is a big question. If any club is willing to spend the money it would take to get Altidore back to America, they will expect a real run at the MLS Cup title.

Do you think Jozy Altidore will return to Major League Soccer this month?

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About Louis East (1162 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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