BRENT LATHAM - Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ending a summer of speculation, American forward Josmer Altidore has been loaned to English Premier club Hull City for the upcoming 2009/10 season, with the option for a permanent move to the club.

"The loan is for one season," Villarreal spokeswoman Marian Solsona told YA. "There is an option to buy at the end of the season."

The New Jersey native will join a Hull strike force which had significant problems finding the net in their previous season, averaging just a touch over one goal per game, fading in the spring to only escape relegation on the season's last day.

However, the move will require a successful appeal of the initial denial of a UK work permit as the youngster falls under the 75% requirement for international "A" games.

"We'll make the appeal on Monday," Hull's Gareth Griffiths relayed to YA. "We're not sure how long it will take, but hopefully it will go through before the season starts."

The move ends months of rumors which had seen the former Red Bull linked with a plethora clubs across Europe, including Premier League competitors Fulham and Everton, Greek champions Olympiakos and several clubs in Germany amongst a host of others.

After being purchased by parent club Villarreal from New York for an MLS record sum of $10 million in June 2008, Altidore spent the first half-season with the Yellow Submarine before being loaned out Xerez CD of the Spanish Segunda Division for an ultimately unsuccessfully loan during which he never took the field.

While finding his club playing time sparse during the spring, Altidore's superb play for the USMNT during the spring and summer brought a significant amount of attention to his services, with his game-winning goal in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup against Spain placing him squarely on the international stage.

Hull, in their final week of preseason, begin their season on Saturday, August 15 in London against reigning FA Cup holders Chelsea.
Friday August 7, 2009 5:23 am
This looks to be a good move for Jozy, but once again the work permit problem raises it's head for another US player... this sort of thing is just happening all too often in Britain, which is one reason why we seem to always have more of our players heading to the Bundesliga instead of the Premiership or Nationwide leagues, ... hey it's their loss!
Altidore will see good playing time with Hull, now let's hope he stays healthy.
Friday August 7, 2009 1:43 am
i hope he can score early so he doesnt get the eddie johnson thing going where he cant score
Thursday August 6, 2009 4:59 pm
Great move. He will actually get to play against some of the best (not watch them like Gooch probably will). When we face the top tier teams in the WC he'll have plenty of experience working against top defenders in counter-attack/long-ball game plan.
Thursday August 6, 2009 3:39 pm
put up or shut up time,i hope jozy becomes our most successful striker to play in uk.
Thursday August 6, 2009 2:15 pm
A very good move for him, can't wait to see him play on FSC.
Thursday August 6, 2009 2:08 pm
Thursday August 6, 2009 12:38 pm
I couldn't agree with you more, Dude. Josy has a lot of potential but he needs to look to score, first and pass it, secondly. He needs to learn how to use his size and strength to his advantage. We need a finisher on the Nats. Team and lets hope Josy learns how to do that at Hull...
Thursday August 6, 2009 11:41 am
This is a wise move. He'll get playing time, and learn to deal with the fact that the team isn't interested in a fluid, possession style of play, opting instead for a disciplined yet brittle approach that Bob Bradley also uses.

My point is, anyone who thinks that the US program is helping out the strikers with their style of play is incorrect. We bunker, we counterattack, we give our striker three chances and we give the other teams strikers fourteen. Jozy needs to learn to take on the entire defense on his own. That's the only role he's likely to have for the next year or so.

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