A couple hours back, a handful of UK outlets reported that Sunderland had now submitted a formal bid for AZ star Jozy Altidore, claiming confirmation from the Dutch side. However, I just spoke to technical director Earnie Stewart, who said not only had he not given such confirmation, but that nobody had even asked him the question. I was all set to break out the offside flag.
Funny thing is... this time, they actually (or is it accidentally?) got one right. Stewart confirmed to me that the Black Cats did put a transfer offer on the table today, and that they are the only suitor with a live bid beng considered at this time.
- Greg Seltzer