Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen may offer misfiring Sunderland misfit Jozy Altidore a route out of the club in January.
According to reports, Bremen would be interested in taking the American international - who produced an absolutely atrocious miss against West Ham on Saturday - on loan in January with a £4million move agreed for the summer should they avoid relegation.
There isn't a huge element of surprise to this story, barring perhaps the mooted fee being so high. Altidore's stock is still relatively high on the continent and he really does need a move. Additionally, Sunderland's own ability to go into the transfer market for reinforcements is likely to be heavily influenced by how successfully they free up some space on the wage bill.
Under Premier League (not the UEFA variant) Financial Fair Play rules, clubs are restricted in how much of their income can be devoted to player wages, so there will be plenty of book balancing to be done.
Ultimately, right now a move for Jozy Altidore just seems best for all concerned. He needs a move as much as Sunderland need to move him. Other clubs have been linked as well, but it really looks like a case now of where Jozy goes now, not if.