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AZ Alkmaar to sell 2nd-leading goalscorer – what does this mean for Jozy Altidore?

Jun 21, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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Jozy Altidore’s current club, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie, are reportedly close to a deal that would send attacking midfielder Adam Maher to fellow Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven.

The two clubs are inching towards agreeing on a transfer fee as AZ submitted a counter-offer to PSV, confirmed AZ technical director Earnest Stewart, in addition to giving Eindhoven permission to begin discussions with the player. The talks could see Maher leave AZ after scoring seven goals in the league and assisting in five others.

The two youngsters paired wonderfully last season, a year which saw Altidore net 23 league goals and 31 in all competitions.

In Eredivisie league play, of Maher’s five assists, three were on Altidore goals, and two of Maher’s seven scores came on feeds from Jozy.  Three of Maher’s five assists in the Dutch Cup went to Alditore.

At just 19 years old, the Dutch U-21 international has a bright future if this past season has anything to say about it.

But what we’re more concerned with is how this affects the U.S. international. AZ were able to capture the Dutch Cup, the KNVB Beker, thanks to eight goals in six matches from Altidore, plus three goals and five assists from his young partner.

However, despite the 23 league goals from Altidore last year, AZ finished just 10th, a sheer disappointment after finding themselves top-5 in the previous four seasons including a league title in 2008/2009.

AZ have higher aspirations than 10th, and with the sale of their young creative force it could mean they shut down the sale side of their transfer dealings.  Altidore has been linked with a step up in European soccer after his successful season, with clubs in the Bundesliga and Premier League said to be interested.

If Maher heads out first, AZ may not be inclined to sell both their leading goalscorers from the previous season.  Altidore sits on a 4-1/2 year deal that doesn’t end until June of 2015, so there is no requirement for the Dutch club to capitulate.

If AZ do wish to cash in, however, now would be the right time for them to do so given Jozy’s goalscoring record from last season.  Just today news broke that Sunderland are “interested” in Altidore – whatever that means – and he apparently is one of the top targets for Paolo Di Canio this summer.

  1. rca26 - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Selfishly as a US fan I’d be happy to see Jozy stay at AZ for another year. His confidence is at an all-time high and I’d love to see that continue through Brazil ’14.

    Maybe he can have another great season at AZ and a big World Cup and parlay that into a huge summer move in 2014.

  2. nussdorferac - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    On the other hand, by cashing in AZ may be able to add depth to their roster.

  3. mikeevergreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    One would think that newly-promoted Hull City might be interested. Jozy was there before, but that was when their midfield was worthless. Now it’s much better.

  4. talgrath - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Altidore’s contract expires after this next season, if AZ want to get money for him they’re going to need to sell now, I don’t see the club passing up on that pile of money, no matter how good Altidore has been for them.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Between his last season with AZ and his Hex scoring streak, his transfer value is certainly at an all-time high.

  6. seanb20124 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I read it as his contract expires in June 2015, which would be two years from now.

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