Last Updated: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:00
Sunderland are planning to make an improved offer for AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore after their first bid of £5m was rejected.
Black Cats chief Paolo Di Canio has made improving his attacking options one of his priorities this summer and has earmarked America international Altidore as his top target.
The former Hull City and Villarreal hitman scored 31 goals in the Eredivisie last season and has been attracting the attention of a number of clubs from across Europe as a result.
Di Canio is keen not to miss out on the 23-year-old and is reportedly pushing Sunderland to make another offer for Altidore after AZ Alkmaar confirmed the first bid had been rejected.
The Dutch club have hinted that they would be prepared to discuss the transfer of Altidore if the Black Cats were to make an improved offer.
An AZ spokesperson confirmed: "The first offer was not sufficient. That we can say. Now it is wait and see."
Altidore's agent has been quoted as saying an English club, believed to be Sunderland, are still leading the chase for his client and that the two parties have held advanced discussions.
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