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Werder Bremen linked to January transfer for Jozy Altidore

The Jozy Altidore rumor mill is churning.

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There is a new team in the Jozy Altidore sweepstakes: Werder Bremen.

According to the Sunderland Echo, the German club is interested in signing the 24-year-old striker. It's a foregone conclusion that the American will leave Sunderland after the season, but to this point the only team that had been linked to him was Lille. Aside from them, it was vague statements like "Bundesliga and Eredivisie clubs," but now Bremen have been identified.

Altidore has gotten more playing time of late with starts in both of the last two matches, but it hasn't resulted in an uptick in quality. He missed a wide open goal over the weekend was Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said Altidore was "devastated" afterward. It's been more than a year since he scored in the Premier League and he desperately needs a change of scenery.

Bremen would apparently hope to take Altidore on loan in January, with the option of making the move permanent in the summer. That would presumably depend on them staying in the Bundesliga.

It's been a rough season for the club, which is 17th in the league and just one point from the bottom. They have 23 goals, which is a pretty good output for a team at the bottom of the table, but they clearly need reinforcements if they are battling to stay up. Maybe Altidore can help them stay in the top flight.

Bremen are a pretty big club in Germany so it would be a nice club for Altidore to join in terms of stature, but it would be a really good club in terms of style of play and the possibility of playing time. Franco Di Santo scored seven goals for Bremen early in the season, but he suffered a serious knee injury and the team hasn't found an adequate replacement yet. They also play with two strikers so there are more opportunities for forwards there so all in all, Bremen looks like a great fit for Altidore.

The biggest downside is what happens if he doesn't play well, but that's a concern anywhere he goes and if he doesn't play well, he shouldn't get playing time anyway.