AZ Alkmaar in discussions with United States forward Jozy Altidore over potential Dutch move

Despite remaining gun-shy in Europe, Gertjan Verbeek's side wants to bring the barrel-chested former Villarreal and Hull City striker to the Eredivisie
Dutch club AZ Alkmaar are deep in the process of signing American Jozy Altidore, according to AZ technical director and former United States international Ernie Stewart.

The 21-year-old forward is looking for a new club after his six-month loan stint at Bursaspor in Turkey ended.

"We are in talks with Jozy," Stewart, who made over a century of appearances for the the U.S. national team, told

"He's a good player and we have interest in him, but we'll have to see if it can work out. That can only happen if one of our strikers leave."

Altidore's rights are still owned by Villarreal and it is unclear if the AZ move would be permanent or yet another loan.

Since a €7 million move from New York Red Bulls in 2008, Villarreal have sent the US national team forward on loan to Xerez, Hull City and Bursapor.

Altidore only scored one goal in Turkey, which is half the amount he bagged in just four games at the 2011 Gold Cup this summer.

The likelihood of a move - be it temporary or permanent - to the Netherlands is high, especially after Altidore posted this via Twitter: "Learning Dutch is gona (sic) be hard. Can I get the "how to" on Rosetta stone?"

Altidore is currently recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in the early minutes of the Gold Cup quarter-final against Jamaica. He should recover in a little over a month.

AZ, coached by Michael Bradley's former Heerenveen boss Gertjan Verbeek, will participate in the Europa League next season.

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