March 18, 2009

Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore has not played a single minute since going out on loan to Spanish second-division club Xerez. Which might turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as the 19-year-old U.S. international could be on the move again, joining another second-division outfit, Levante.

The Valencia-based club is looking for a replacement for injured striker Alex Geijo, and Altidore seems to fit the bill. The two clubs are now waiting for approval from the Spanish league on whether Altidore can make the move. The argument goes that because he has not yet represented Xerez, he should be allowed to move even outside the transfer window.

Altidore made a reported $10 million move from the New York Red Bulls to La Liga upstart Villarreal last summer. But El Toro had little involvement in the first half of league schedule. He made four appearances and scored one goal for the Yellow Submarine.

In January, Altidore joined Andalusian side Xerez, which is currently on top of the Segunda Division and looks set to win promotion to the Primera Division. But he has not featured in a single encounter with the Azulinos.

A move to Levante would be good for all parties involved. Levante would secure help in the attack in the absence of Geijo, who leads the side with 10 goals on the season. It would also help Villarreal, which would like its young player to see more time on the field.

If the approval comes, Altidore would join the Granotes for the remainder of the season.

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