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Football | Barclays Premier League

Norwich snap up Kamara



Norwich City made their first signing of the January transfer window with just a day left on Wednesday when the Premier League side announced the arrival on loan of Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara.

However, the deal – which the Canaries hope will see the Sierra Leone international stay at Carrow Road until May 6 – depends upon the forward receiving immigration clearance.

Norwich have however secured permission from 28-year-old Kamara's parent club for him to play in the Major League Soccer off-season.

"I'm delighted to bring Kei to the football club, one of Major League Soccer's best players over the last few seasons," Norwich manager Chris Hughton said Wednesday.

"There is no doubt it is a big jump to make into the Premier League, but it is an exciting challenge both for him and us here at the club to prove his talent," Hughton added.

"Kei also adds some valuable competition up front alongside the current striking options we have here at the club."

Kamara was born in Sierra Leone but left when civil war engulfed the African state and emigrated to the United States, before settling in Los Angeles.

He joined Columbus Crew from Orange County Blue Star in 2006 and had brief spells with rival US teams San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo before arriving at Sporting Kansas City in 2009.

Kamara has scored 31 goals in 98 games for Kansas.

Norwich are currently six points above the relegation zone but have been struggling of late, losing five and drawing one of their last six league games and they were on the receiving end of a massive FA Cup shock when they were knocked out by non-league Luton last weekend.

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