Sunderland are hopeful that Jozy Altidore will join up with his new team-mates at the club's Italian training camp, as the Black Cats look to finalise a deal for the striker, reports the Shields Gazette.

Altidore was due on Wearside on Monday for a medical after AZ Alkmaar accepted an offer from Sunderland on Friday for the 23-year-old.

The American international flew to England over the weekend and Alkmaar do not envisage any hurdles towards the deal, which is worth around 6m, although the Dutch club have refused to confirm a fee.