Kei Kamara returns to Sporting Kansas City as Norwich City rule out permanent deal
PUBLISHED: 13:22 05 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 May 2013
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Norwich City have confirmed that striker Kei Kamara’s loan spell has ended and he will now return to Sporting Kansas City.
The 28-year-old signed on loan for the Canaries during the January transfer window and played 11 times, scoring once in the 2-1 win against Everton.
Kamara posted on Twitter: “I want to thank the Norwich City organisation for everything they did for me. Not everyone gets to live their dreams, but they gave me mine.
“Also thank you to all the fans in the UK especially in Norwich, Norfolk for welcoming me with warm arms. Top class people/fans.
“Will always have a place in my heart for Norwich. #HeartShapedHands to all u guys & I wish the boys best of luck in next 2 weeks. God bless.”
Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club (the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City), told the Kansas City Star: “They declined the option to purchase him, so he’s going to be back. He’ll get back - I don’t know if it’s going to be sometime (Sunday) or Monday - but he’ll be back.
“There’s a ton of interest in him. There’s probably a dozen teams that have contacted us, including three teams that have contacted us this afternoon.
“To be honest, we wouldn’t be interested in another loan and nobody’s talked to us about that. The only discussions we’ve had have been for an out-and-out transfer. Either we’re going to do a new long-term deal with him and lock him up here for good or we’ll transfer him.
“I’m surprised. He performed pretty well, but obviously their loss today put them in relegation danger.
“Obviously, he’s got a lot of familiarity with all the guys here and we welcome him back. He’s a player that we love and we’re really happy to give him the opportunity to go over there and see what we could make happen.
“I’m quite sure he will be back there soon, but in the interim we’re glad to have him back.”
Shortly after the Canaries’ defeat to Aston Villa, Heineman posted on Twitter: “That’s the greatest plane ticket from England I’ve ever bought. For some reason it gave me #heartshapedhands.”
Heineman didn’t rule out the possibility the striker could return to action for Sporting as soon as Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders.