EDIT: Just an update on this story, Kamara has been loaned out to Norwich City through May 6. Sporting Kansas City will receive two-thirds of the substantial loan fee to use as allocation money per MLS rules. If Norwich City elects not to acquire the player on a full transfer by May 6, then Kamara will rejoin Sporting Kansas City, where he will be available to play immediately for the club. As part of the agreement, Kamara’s contract with MLS has been extended.
You have to love the last days of a transfer window. All kinds of rumors coming to an end, some of the good ones end up becoming true.
MLS is set to lose another quality young player this month and for Sporting Kansas City it will be their second star lost this offseason.
The BBC in England is reporting that Sporting KC midfielder Kei Kamara is on the verge of a move to Norwich City, pending the receipt of a work permit.
No word yet on what the transfer fee would be for Kamara. I can’t imagine it would be super high but at least it would mean Sporting KC would get some money to work with once the deal is complete.
Kamara could join former Sporting KC teammate Roger Espinoza, who made the jump to join English Premier League club Wigan.
Nothing is a lock yet for Kamara’s move. Getting a work permit is slightly easier now days than it was two or three years ago but that still doesn’t mean this is a sure bet that he’ll be approved for one.
Kamara is coming off an outstanding 2012 season for Sporting KC, a year that saw him finish with career highs in goals (11) and assists (8). He was also in the top of the charts in the league for shots taken. Sporting will be hard pressed to find a quality replacement for Kamara and his work rate. They do have young guys like Teal Bunbury and CJ Sapong but they’ll need one of them to really step up to take over what Kamara brought to the table.