It comes following Jermain Defoe’s switch in the other direction and has been labelled a ‘swap deal’ despite the way the transfer system works in Major League Soccer meaning that isn’t exactly the case.
But of course, it appears that it is essentially a ‘swap deal’ because the two players have swapped clubs and that is all that matters now.
When speaking to the club’s website, Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said, “It became clear that a return for Jermain to the English Premier League was going to be in the best interests of both sides. We’d like to thank Jermain for his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him well.”
“Jozy has chosen to return to MLS, and adding a player of Jozy Altidore’s pedigree is an important addition for our club,” he added.
Altidore endured a torrid time in Sunderland as he only managed one goal in 40 Premier League appearances for the club.
However, he has consistently performed for the national side and will be hoping to reproduce the kind of form that saw him score 38 goals in 67 appearances during his two-season spell with AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Toronto FC will be confident that he can perform for the club in a deal that seems to be a positive outcome for all parties involved.
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