Scouts keeping tabs on Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore

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JOZY Altidore’s agent claims there is interest from across Europe in the Sunderland striker.

The prospect of Altidore leaving the Stadium of Light in the January transfer window looks to be an increasing possibility, with the American international yet to start a Premier League game this season.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet last week urged Altidore to continue fighting for a starting spot, yet the 25-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play regular first-team football.

French side Lille, who made an enquiry for Altidore during the summer, are expected to decide whether to revive their interest when they draw up a list of January targets at the start of next month.

But scouts from Lille were among the crowd at Fuilham’s Craven Cottage during the international break to watch Altidore score his 25th goal for his country in a 2-1 defeat to Colombia.

“Three Italian clubs came to see him in London, as well as two French teams and German clubs,” said Altidore’s agent Lyle Yorks.

“He has interest throughout Europe.”

Several MLS sides have made enquiries about Altidore’s availability too, although Yorks claims none have materialised into anything concrete.

“There’s been a lot of interest for Jozy in Major League Soccer, but there have not been any really serious conversations,” he added on MLSsoccer.com.