Jozy Altidore considering leaving Sunderland for MLS

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After an incredibly underwhelming 18 months in the English Premier League, Jozy Altidore could be set to return to where it all began for him - in Major League Soccer.

According to reports from former MLS striker and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, Altidore and his agents are in discussions with MLS Commissioner Don Garber about a return to North America.

Twellman then added that there were three teams interested in the United States national team striker, with Portland Timbers, Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls where he started his career.

Sunderland paid £8million for Altidore's services back in the summer of 2013, and after just one Premier League goal in 30 games it seems the Black Cats are finally ready to cut their losses and offload the forward.

Goals Galore in Holland

What makes Altidore's barren spell so confusing is when you consider how prolific he was before moving to the North East. During his time with AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie, Altidore notched 52 goals in just two seasons.

Altidore finished behind only Wilfried Bony and Graziano Pelle in the goalscoring standings in 2012/13. Both Bony and Pelle have enjoyed success in the EPL after their subsequent transfers, with Bony now rumoured to be joining Manchester City for £30million.

The now 25-year old Altidore got his first break with the Red Bulls in 2006 as a fresh faced teenager with bags of potential and was sold for a then-MLS record $10 million fee to Spanish side Villarreal in June 2008.

Portland and Toronto already have three designated players on their roster so it is a struggle to see how they would sign Altidore. A return to NYRB currently looks the best bet as they have one free spot following the retirement of Thierry Henry.

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