Kei Kamara: Norwich City sign Sporting Kansas striker on loan

Kei Kamara
Kei Kamara

Norwich City have signed striker Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City on loan, subject to the Sierra Leone international gaining a work permit.

Canaries manager Chris Hughton has been keen to add attacking options this month and has failed with two bids for Celtic's Gary Hooper.

Kamara, 28, scored 11 goals in 33 games for the MLS side last season.

Hughton said: "It is an exciting challenge both for him and us here at the club to prove his talent."

Kamara will join the Canaries until 6 May, subject to receiving immigration clearance.

Norwich could also be set to sign another forward, as BBC Radio Norfolk understands that Leeds striker Luciano Becchio is discussing personal terms with the Canaries.

The 29-year-old Argentine has scored 19 goals from 31 games in all competitions this season.

He handed in a transfer request last week after failing to agree terms on a new deal at Elland Road.

Norwich, 13th in the Premier League, have failed to scored in their last three games, including a 1-0 home defeat in the FA Cup against Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town on Saturday.

But City boss Chris Hughton is confident Kamara can make an impact at Carrow Road.

"I'm delighted to bring Kei to the football club, he has been one of Major League Soccer's best players over the last few seasons," said Hughton.

"There's no doubt it's a big jump to make into the Premier League.

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

Kamara moved to the USA as a youngster and started his professional career with Columbus Crew.

He has been granted clearance to play by the relevant footballing authorities and the deal has been agreed between the two clubs and the MLS.

However, Kamara still requires approval from the UK Border Agency to work in the UK.

Hughton has insisted he is not worried about bringing in a player with no experience of English football and told BBC Radio Norfolk: "I don't think it's about the league they play in.

"We would always have to have good reasons for liking a particular player."

Top Stories