Kei Kamara keeping options open as Norwich City loan nears end
PUBLISHED: 11:03 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 26 April 2013
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Norwich City’s on-loan striker Kei Kamara intends to sign off with a bang in the final two games of his current deal.
Kamara’s US-based representative flew in for last weekend’s Reading game to hold further talks with the club’s hierarchy, but the 28-year-old is still scheduled to return to Kansas City after Norwich’s next Premier League home match against Aston Villa.
City have an option to complete a permanent move for the Sierra Leone international, who has now started the Canaries’ last four top flight games, and Kamara would love the chance to extend his initial stay in Norfolk.
“If it’s something that can be helpful for the team and me and my family, it’s something I won’t be opposed to,” he said. “At the moment it’s definitely just a case of me being focused and enjoying the games I’ve played so far, finishing the next two and hopefully helping the team to stay in the top league – that’s the first goal. It’s been great, I have two more games on my loan, Kansas have played seven games so far and the deal was I was going to miss 10 or 11 games.
“That’s the contract I have with Major League Soccer (MLS) 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. I keep on track with what they’re doing over there and I talk to the Kansas coach all the time and he can’t wait to have me back, but at the same time when I’m here, I’m just focusing and making sure I finish my loan spell on a good note.”
Kamara has scored once in nine senior appearances for the Canaries following his January transfer window switch, but the striker remains in the dark over his longer term career prospects.
“A lot of the fans have said if we stay up the club will sign me, but I’ve not heard that from anyone in the club,” he said. “All my Twitter followers are saying that, but at the same time a lot of the people back home are saying we’re counting down the days to you coming home.
“My agent was at the last (Reading) game. He came to town and watched the match. It was great, we got a win from it and after the game I did ask him what’s going on and he told me I’m going back to America and he’ll call me, so I’ll talk to him when he is back in America.”
Kamara believes he has shown enough during his brief stint to prove he can cut it in the Premier League even if Norwich decline to take up a permanent option.
“I wouldn’t say it would be the end of me. If it works out for the team to stay up, that’s my goal.
“At first my goal was really just to come here and play, until I came here and realised the calibre of the whole league, the whole system and the team – and what the goal of everybody in the dressing room was,” he said. “The goal for the past few games has been all about staying up and helping the team to do that, 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. I will not say I’m disappointed to go back but I definitely won’t say that will be the end of me.”
City boss Chris Hughton confirmed yesterday there was no change on the club’s public stance over a potential permanent transfer for the striker.
“Most people are aware of his situation. He is legally with us for the next two games. We have to make a decision whether to extend that,” he said.
“We are aware of that but those conversations will take place inside the club. When we have made the decision we will make everyone aware of it, but he has been excellent and he is someone who settled in very quickly. When you bring in someone from overseas you could say it was taking a bit of a chance, but we had to back our judgement.”
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