Jozy Altidore's January exit from Sunderland looks set in stone. The club don't rate him highly, he's not playing and they would be happy to be rid of his wages. Meanwhile, Altidore wants nothing more than to go somewhere that he will play.
But where will the United States striker go?
Lille has been linked to Altidore from the start. They almost took him on loan this summer and have had scouts watching him this season so they may make another run at him in January. They definitely need a striker so chasing him would make sense.
According to Altidore's agent Lyle Yorks, the striker has plenty of interest, though. Lille won't be the only team interested and several clubs were on hand to see him play for the U.S. against Colombia, when he scored a goal.
"Three Italian clubs came to see him in London, as well as two French teams and German clubs," Yorks told the Sunderland Echo.
"He has interest throughout Europe."
Yorks also said that MLS teams have shown interest in Altidore as well, but that there hadn't been any serious conversations with the league.
Altidore needs to get out of Sunderland, and it sounds like there are plenty of options for him. Sure, Yorks' job is to drum up interest and it's not wise to take any agent as his word, but his words make sense and Altidore is going to have clubs interested.