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USMNT striker Jozy Altidore has denied that he will sign for Premier League side Burnley during the January transfer window after suggesting he wants out of current EPL club Sunderland last week.

Altidore is one of the most influential players in the US national team when at his best, but a lack of opportunities with Sunderland has resulted in the powerful forward falling down the pecking order in the USA setup, but the thought of moving to Burnley has not yet crossed his mind, according to ESPN.

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Remaining coy

Jozy Altidore admitted last week that he was interested in a move away from Sunderland as he looked to seek as much playing time to give him the best chance to make the US starting line-up, but it seems Burnley is not the ideal place according to Altidore.

“I have no idea,” Altidore told ESPN when asked about the Burnley talk. “I never heard anything.” 

Well it seems that either Altidore is either playing it cool or the idea of playing for Burnley doesn't quite sit with him.

Disrupted World Cup

Altidore hasn't had a good year to say the least. At the start of the EPL campaign, Altidore was struggling to return to full fitness after he injured his hamstring in the World Cup.

The injury brought a premature end to his World Cup, and Altidore's start to the EPL season has not gone well either, with the big man only playing 53 minutes so far this season while failing to find the net also.

Wants to leave

When you consider the facts above you can understand why Altidore came out last week and suggested that he wanted to move away from the Stadium of Light.

So far this season he has failed to convince Sunderland manager Gus Poyet that he's up to scratch, and he feels a move away may be necessary to keep USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann onside.

"I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I’ve played,” Altidore explained last week.
“But like I said this four years I want to be part of the national team. Jurgen makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans."

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