The future of striker Jozy Altidore appears to lie away from the English Premier League after reports emerged that Sunderland are doing their best to move on the misfiring US international during the January transfer window.
There had been speculation that the New York Red Bulls (the team for whom Altiodre began his professional career) were keen to offer Sunderland a way out of what is fast becoming a high profile transfer disaster.
Now though it appears that the struggling striker's outrageous wage demands could scupper any deal with the MLS franchise.
Altidore is reportedly seeking wages of around $5-6 million dollars. That is roughly double the £30,000-per-week wages he currently earns at the Stadium of Light and would put him on the same pay scale as former England captain Steven Gerrard who plans to arrive in MLS with the LA Galaxy this summer.
Having scored just one Premier League goal in 42 appearances for the Black Cats it would certainly seem optimistic on Altidore's behalf to expect to paid so handsomely when he has been downright ugly on the field.
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The Red Bulls do seem a good fit for the USMNT striker all things considered. Having seen Thierry Henry retire this offseason, NYRB currently have two designated player spots available to fill for the upcoming 205 season.
Altidore registered 15 goals in 37 games first time around in New York and you would assume fans of the franchise would be glad to see his return despite the recent goal drought.
It's not just the player's astronomic wage demands that could stall any proposed deal however. With Sunderland having forked out $10 million to acquire his service in 2013 the EPL team will be desperate to recoup a significant amount of that transfer fee if they can.
With the Red Bulls in search of a new head coach after the recent firing of Mike Petke it is unknown whether the franchise would sanction such a deal at this time.
It is believed both Toronto FC and the Portland Timbers are keeping tabs on Jozy Altidore alongside New York Red Bulls.