Sunderland have continued to increase their mass of summer signings by sealing a deal with AZ Alkmaar for USA striker Jozy Altidore.

The 23-year-old has signed a three-year-deal at Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland after passing his medical, the deal has been completed on an undisclosed fee.

Altidore began his career at New York Red Bulls before moving to Villarreal. During his time in Spain, he had loan spells at Bursaspor, Hull City and Xerez. However, his stay at Hull City only saw him produce a single goal in 28 appearances in the 2009/10 season.

He moved from Spain to AZ Alkmaar in August of the following year and proved a hit with 38 goals in 67 appearances. The American has also managed to knock up 17 goals in 60 appearances, having also ended his international goal drought with a friendly victory over Germany in June this year.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: “I’m thrilled to be here. It’s a fantastic club, I’m really excited about this season and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

He joins former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone, defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielder Cabral and winger David Moberg Karlsson who are now drastically becoming a new look team for Di Canio at the Stadium of Light.

It appears the new season ahead for Sunderland should be a bright one, with all the new signings pouring in through the window, they should definitely be looking to finish far above the relegation places in the Premier League this season - as opposed to last term.


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