Toronto confirm interest in Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore in action for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID
Jozy Altidore in action for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID
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TORONTO FC have confirmed their interest in taking Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore back to the MLS.

Reports emerged in America last night that discussions are underway with the MLS over a January exit for Altidore, who has gone more than a year without finding the net in the Premier League for Sunderland.

Three MLS clubs are reportedly interested in the 25-year-old - Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls and Toronto - with Sunderland looking to recoup much of the £7million they invested to bring Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar 18 months ago.

Toronto see Altidore as a replacement for ex-England striker Jermain Defoe, who is hoping to secure a return to the Premier League this month.

And head coach Greg Vanney has admitted that they are eager to seal a deal for the USA skipper, whose form on the international stage continues to offer a stark contrast to his goal return in a Sunderland shirt.

“We’ll see what happens,” Vanney told the Toronto Sun.

“We’ll throw our hat in the ring.

“He knows the league.He knows North American soccer.

“He has experience internationally and he’s a big, strong forward. I think he can score goals in this league.”