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Report: Jozy Altidore Heads To The Eredivisie

Talking Turkey...

US national and Villarreal club goer Jozy Altidore is expected to don the red and black of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherland’s highest division the Eredivisie. Shut out of a role up top for the Yellow Submarine, Altidore will head northward to compete under the watchful of former US national Ernie Stewart who assumed the Technical Director role at the club just last June.

It was originally reported by Greg Seltzer at MLS Soccer that Alkmaar–4th in the table in the last campaign–was looking at Altidore, but needed to make some personnel moves of their own. Fox Soccer confirmed the move Thursday evening.

This represents the fourth club that Altidore will play for in a little over a year. Altidore concluded the 2009-2010 season at Hull City, then in the Premiership in England. He headed back to Villarreal and found playing time tough to come by for the early part of the 2010 season and ended up on lone to Bursaspor in Turkey’s top league to close out the 2010-2011 campaign.

It’s unknown whether this is a permanent transfer for seasonal loan at the time.

Video: Jozy Altidore Arrives At Bursaspor

Jozy in his Celtic new jersey talks to the press.

Jozy Altidore On Tape

The USA first choice striker, but only 3rd in the pecking order at Villarreal, sits down with a La Liga interview crew.

Learning About What Jozy At Beşiktaş Means

Is the Hull City veteran bound for Beşiktaş?

Update: Reports are coming in this morning, August 4th, confirming a move for Altidore to Beşiktaş. This article was originally published on July 29th, 2010.

This is a guest column for TSG by Michael Cecire.

When the rumor mill began humming with suggestions linking 20-year old USMNT vet and ex-Hull forward Jozy Altidore to the storied Dutch club Ajax, US fans were, for the most part, delighted. Likely with a thought to

A young Run DMB at PSV...

Damarcus Beasley’s famous run at PSV Eindhoven and the impressive development that brought Michael Bradley to the Bundesliga, US fans were understandably excited about the idea of Jozy with a big club in a highly technical, competitive Western European league.

Another rumor with some heft sees Jozy tied to serious inquiries by Istanbul-based Beşiktaş (pronounced besh-ik-tash). However, it provoked quite less excitement among the US soccer faithful.

In some cases, fans expressed outright bewilderment at what many saw as the club’s relative anonymity in the firmament of international club soccer. But while many Americans (and, admittedly, many Europeans) could not tell you much of anything about the Turkish league or Beşiktaş, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthwhile option for America’s potential at striker.

As a proud owner of a Beşiktaş Black Eagles jersey, there may be some bias in my comments, but the facts speak for themselves. The Turkish league (AKA Turkcell SüperLig) is a tough competition. And while it’s generally a good habit to disregard UEFA’s coefficient system of ranking, Turkey’s enviable spot at 9th in the most recent rankings (one above Ajax’s Holland league, apparently) does justify a closer look.

Young Black Eagles fans: "So is this Jozy guy any good?"

Beşiktaş occupies the upper strata of Turkish soccer, being one of the so-called “Big Three” of old, big Istanbul clubs that perennially dominant Turkey’s top flight since, oh, time immemorial. Besides Beşiktaş, the three includes Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe.

Galatasaray might be familiar to you–especially Socceroos fans–for a lineup that includes both Harry Kewell and Aussie national team captain Lucas Neill. For the rest, you may have heard of guys like Brad Friedel, who made 30 appearances for them in the mid-1990s, and Giovani Dos Santos, who went there on loan this past season.

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Briefly Talking Turkey and Jozy Altidore

Altidore, probably on his 29th Snickers while he awaits a possible move...

Update: Besitakas apparently set to win the Altidore sweepstakes. Just learning the details now…

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The latest reports out of Turkey–multiple media outlets–have Trabzonspor A.S. still in pursuit to secure the services of Jozy Altidore but continuing to reach an impasse with Villarreal management for the same rumored reason that a Jozy move to Ajax was scuttled: Villarreal wants an outright purchase while Trabzonspor is looking at a lease-with-option to buy plan.

Meanwhile, the same reports suggest that Trabzonspor is playing off a bid for Stu Holden’s Bolton teammate Johan Elmander versus their attempts to secure Altidore.

The Swedish Elmander is a more seasoned, but more limited target man and who, at 29, is 9 years Altidore’s senior.

Elsewhere:

• The Bolton News catches up with birthday man Stu Holden.

• Paco Torres has a sprained ankle–haven’t learned whether that will impact his selection for the Brazil game.

• Word is Inter’s Mario Balotelli packed his passport in his luggage bound for Dallas and couldn’t head north of the border to America Jr. Does Man City really think this is kid is ready and worth it?

• That’s not a misprint today: Everton is playing Everton. Read about it here.

• Reports suggest that Mark Hughes will go after a Man City attacker in his bid to boost the offense at Fulham. However, it’s (the highly overrated) Roque Santa Cruz–not the much rumored Craig “Arnold Palmer” Bellamy–that Hughes is looking to…boost.

• Anyone else think it’s slightly hypocritical…maybe that’s too strong…highly ironic that the EPL is implementing the home-grown quota this year as a multitude of exclusively foreign investors seek to buy into English clubs (Liverpool, Blackburn, etc.)? All about the cash.

• I haven’t watched much of the Sounders this year, but Tuesday’s team look extremely well-coached to me. At about that 28th minute of the 2nd half, right as I was about to fault Sigi Schmid for lobbing the seemingly 100th ball into the box from the right flank looking for the equalizer, the persistence paid off and Seattle found pay dirt.

The entire night Seattle looked like a team that understood the game plan and was not reckless in possession. Even as the minutes ticked down and the Sounders were on the wrong side of a handful of calls, there was a tolerable level of dissent from the players. Well played last night Sounders…but then again I haven’t seen much of them.

• Thanks to the little discussion on “how to get to Red Bull Arena” I think we’ve got a pretty novel contest coming…working on it.

• And since we opened with Big Jeezy, we’ll close with him. How can we make Altidore to Birmingham happen? It just makes so much sense.

After Tuesday’s Comments on Jozy, A Turkish Report

Still not in Ireland training with Villarreal, hmmm....

Update 07/28:

A Turkish report out Wednesday reinforces Beşiktaş is in the market for Jozy Altidore, claiming the club president is negotiating for Altidore’s service with a suggested transfer fee of $3M. That number would represent a significant discount from Altidore’s $10M tranfer price when he headed to Villarreal just two year ago.

Update 07/27: Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has the story:

“A lot of the top clubs around Europe have been in touch, and we’re just looking at what’s the best for Jozy’s career at this point,” his agent, Lyle Yorks, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “It’s important to find a home for himself where he’s going to get games, continue to develop and really show his abilities.”

Yorks said he had had discussions with two Premier League clubs he wouldn’t identify. Fulham also has held discussions about Altidore, pending a decision on hiring a manager to replace Roy Hodgson, who left the Cottagers to become Liverpool’s manager.

TSG: Cautionary note, might be a little media dissemination here to put some pressure on Beşiktaş to up the ante on a transfer. Curious timing of the agent quote where Yorks has been mostly silent until now.

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As TSG reported on July 17th, Turkey and the Black Eagles of Beşiktaş was a rumored destination for American and Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore.

Other rumors have and had Altidore headed to Ajax, but even with the Martin Jol-to-Fulham situation behind them Ajax remaine well endowed at striker with captain Luis Suarez still on the team. If he transfers, that’s another thing.

Lending credence to the reports on Altidore to Turkey, Soccer by Ives is reporting that Besiktas is the front runner and NTV Sports in Turkey is reporting that “serious discussions” are ongoing to secure Altidore’s services.

Video: Jozy Altidore on playing in the World Cup.

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