Posted on August 6, 2009
The transfer saga of American forward Jozy Altidore has come to its end as the 19-year-old has signed a one year loan deal to play for Hull City in the English Premier League.
Altidore agent Lyle Yorks informed Soccer365 this morning that the Home Office work permit hearing will be on Monday.
Fulham and Everton were also in the mix for the teenage sensation, but Hull City had the most need for a striker with midfielder Geovanni leading the scoring for the Tigers in the 2008/09 season. Jozy will be joining fellow countrymen Clint Dempsey (Fulham) as the second American attacker in the Premiership this season.
There were rumors of Altidore being loaned to another club in Spain or to Greek club Olympiakos, but Hull City might actually be the best place for the former New York Red Bulls striker to see field even though the club plays in one of the world’s top leagues.
Hull City was promoted to the top tier of English football last season where they barely escaped regulation to England’s second tier league, the Championship. Five years ago Hull City was in the lowest tier of English football with the club in steady decline. New ownership breathed life back into the club and from 2005 to 2006 Hull City moved from Division Three to League One to the Championship. The 2007-08 campaign saw Hull City promoted to the English Premier League making Hull club’s move to the Premiership the third fastest of all time.
Hull City is in the process of signing South African midfielder Seyi Olofinjana and is after another striker in Cardiff’s Ross McCormack. Currently, Altidore will have to compete against Craig Fagan (3 goals in 22 appearances in 2008) and Caleb Folan (9 goals in 44 appearances since 2007) for playing time. We shall see if young Jozy can become the goal scorer his new club Hull City so desperately needs as well prepare himself for the World Cup next summer with the United States National Team.