Altidore On the Move to Turkey?

Numerous reports are suggesting that U.S. striker Jozy Altidore is set to sign a multi-year deal with Turkish club Besiktas.

If Altidore makes the move, Besiktas will be the fourth club he has played for since leaving Red Bull New York in 2008 on an MLS-record $10 million transfer to Villareal.

In the second half of the 2008-09 season, El Submarino Amarillo loaned him out to second-division Spanish side Xerex (which inexplicably benched the player, despite requesting him on loan).

Then came a loan for 2009-10 to then-Premier League Side Hull City.

Now, it appears that Villareal will sell, not loan, the 21-year-old forward to Besiktas, winners of the Turkish league (and league cup) two years ago. 

The Turkish league is a step down from Serie A and the Premier League, obviously, but Altidore needs regular, first-team playing time, so the move would make sense from that perspective.


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