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AZ Alkmaar's Altidore impressing Premier League, European clubs

Jozy Altidore's performance for AZ Alkmaar this season are beginning to turn the heads of clubs from the Premier League and around Europe.

They are the sentiments of AZ's sporting director Earnest Stewart who has revealed that scouts from English top flight clubs, and from various regions on the European mainland, have regularly been watching the Dutch side with American striker Altidore one of the standouts.

Stewart also confirmed that there was a bid for Altidore, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this term, late in the summer transfer window but AZ were not keen on doing business.

"I can confirm that there was a bid for Jozy from a wealthy club from Eastern Europe," Stewart told the club's official website.

"The bid was received at a very late moment, therefore we couldn't sign an adequate replacement. For us, it wasn't interesting.

"Also, Jozy was keen to stay at AZ. After years of travelling, he has really found a home. He doesn't want to just leave the club.

"However, I won't say whether interest will increase during the winter break or at the end of the season. Jozy is developing fantastically, is a real target man for the team and translates that into goals.

"Something like that isn't missed abroad. Also this season scouts from big clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have visited AZ games."

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Andrew Slevison
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