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.