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Fulham - Altidore Choices

Just when I was beginning to think we had let go of out pursuit of Mr Altidore, they go and link us with him again.

This time though, things don't seem to be quite in our favour.

As with practically all of our transfer links, we don't seem to be the only interested party, with Hull, Everton and now even Burnley looking for the American's services.

It seems that with Phil Brown's lack of transfer activity at the KC, he is more than prepared to stick a bid in to get the ball rolling with Villareal, and that that is exactly what he has done.

Reportedly, he has made a substantial bid of 6.5 million, 500k more than what Villareal themselves had originally paid for the 19 year old.

Despite the big bid though, Hodgson seems like he is not prepared to drop his interest, with transfer problems of our very own down here by the Thames.

So, what do you think then?

A good deal, or should we steer well clear and let the Tigers take him?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: KBFulham Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 5 2009

Time: 6:33AM

Your Comments

6.5mil for anyone who would not be an automatic starter for us is mad.
I think it's fair price, he was outstanding at the Confederations Cup.
Steer well clear. We can sign much better players for that price, he has flopped in Europe and I thought he looked like USA's weak link in the CC as he seemed to always fail to hold up the ball.
I agree with both Alex and Lamby. I don't want this lad at our club, and especially not at that price!
not at that price... i think he has the potential to be good. he wasn't fit for the cc, as he wasn't playing anywhere, and he needs to play week in week out for world cup, and he won't get that here. he needs to play to develop, and we can't provide that for him. i want more of a finished product than him... especially at that price...
As bad as it is, we will get nothing better than Altidore for cheaper in the current climate...FACT
Flopped in Europe? Get your facts straight. He's young and was put out on loan from Villareal, which was to be expected. Altidore is still very much in the learning stages of his career. His potential is high but the transfer fee is too high.
Altidore is a potential star. Villareal managed him poorly. They were going to loan him out last summer, but didn't because of numerous injuries to their strike force. He really impressed in the games he was given but an 18 year old was not going to get many games in that full squad. They then loaned him out to a team at the top of the Spanish second division that had been on a role. He suffered a slight knock and their coach felt no need to change things up. At confederations Altidore admitted to not being as sharp as he should have been due to lack of playing time. That being said - he won a penalty against Italy, had a legit goal taken away by hand on the line against Egypt and scored against Spain. Not a bad tourni for someone not that sharp.
DC Spur
Hull got him, great deal for them. A hugely talented player for that price. If Zamora is worth 5 mil, to pay 6.5mil for Altidore is a bargain.
I couldn't disagree more. If Altidore is worth 6.5, Zamora is worth 12. I'm glad Bobby is staying.
I agree with acrossthepond. I'd rather have Zamora any day. Not to be offensive, but American footballers are easily over-rated. Take Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu. Don't get me wrong, but it feels like Adu all over again...
except that altidore has scored on the international level... but i agree... i'd rather have bobby than jozy... i just hope he doesn't prove me wrong this summer... i certainly want to turn a double against hull this season... they got that coming...
must be sub-normal going to Hull?

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