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Villarreal poised to sign New York Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore

Villarreal poised to sign New York Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore

Villarreal is set to sign New York Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore and Uruguay's River forward Robert Flores.
The Spanish club said minor financial details needed to be completed while the two players also required routine medicals before the deals could be completed.
The 18-year-old Altidore has reportedly signed a six-year contract.
Altidore's transfer fee is reportedly close to US$10 million (euro15.7 million), a record sum for Major League Soccer. The previous highest fee for an American was when Sunderland bought Claudio Reyna for US$5.7 million (euro9 million) in 2001.
MLS is a single-entity league which owns all the contracts and pays the players out of a central fund. Teams negotiate individual contracts with league oversight.
"This signing is a big one, just like when Pau Gasol signed for the (Los Angeles) Lakers ... He's ours," Villarreal president Fernando Roig was quoted as saying by sports daily AS on Saturday.
Altidore has made three appearances for the U.S. national team and scored his first goal against Mexico in February, the youngest player to score a goal for the United States in the modern era.
He made his international debut three months earlier, entering as a substitute in a 1-0 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg.
Among the leading scorers at last year's under-20 World Cup and helping the United States to the quarterfinals, Altidore was a key member of the team which qualified for the Olympics in April and is expected to lead the attack in Beijing.
He scored nine goals for the Red Bulls last year, his first full season in MLS, to finish eighth among the league's scoring leaders.
Altidore leads the Red Bulls this season with three goals in eight games.
Uruguayan Flores, 22, scored three goals in 14 games last season and appeared as a substitute in Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Norway in a friendly last month.
"Robert Flores is a player who has made it clear in his country's league that he is quality player," Roig added.
Villarreal, which finished runner-up to champion Real Madrid this season, is looking for reinforcements to play next season in the Champions League, in which it reached the semifinals in 2006.
It has already signed Brazilian defensive midfielder Edmilson from FC Barcelona, striker Joseba Llorente from Valladolid, while Uruguay midfielder Sebastian Eguren has signed a permanent deal after spending last season on loan from Sweden's Hammarby.


Updated : 2021-06-17 08:18 GMT+08:00