Big interest in Kei Kamara, says Sporting Kansas City
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Sporting Kansas City boss Peter Vermes is ready to turn up the heat on Norwich City to make a decision over the future of on-loan striker Kei Kamara.
The 28-year-old Sierra Leone international has two games left of his loan period with the Canaries, starting with today's Premier League visit to Stoke.
But the Major League Soccer club are keen for an answer on City's plans once the loan agreement ends after next Saturday's home game against Aston Villa, specifically whether they wish to buy the player outright.
Vermes told MLSsoccer.com there was plenty of rival interest in Kamara, who has made nine senior appearances and scored once since his arrival in January.
'It's like I've said, there are a lot of suitors out there for him,' said Vermes. 'So if it's not one, it could be another. Some of that discussion has to be with him as well, and I haven't had those discussions with him. But there are a lot of teams out there that are interested.
'So we're going to have to kind of evaluate those with him and make those decisions. I think it would be wrong to put the pressure on him. I'm just giving him space. He's got this experience, and it would be ridiculous to give him the experience and be bothering him every day. There's no sense in doing that. We'd take him back in a heartbeat, if that winds up being the situation.'
Kamara and City boss Chris Hughton were both guarded about their plans post-Villa when they appeared at the club's weekly Press conference at Colney.
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'There's a contract with Major League Soccer and it's a contract I'm willing to abide by. But if something changes I'd love to be here and finish the season off with the guys and celebrate together,' said Kamara.
'But I have my obligations to my team in Kansas, the contract that I've been on and I've made a home for myself over there.'
Hughton said the decision would be made after internal discussions at Carrow Road, not discussed publicly.
'He is legally with us for the next two games and we have to make a decision on whether to make that a longer period,' he said.