Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed that the club are looking to bring Kei Kamara back to MLS, following the cancellation of his Middlesbrough contract at the end of last month.
The Crew have already signed one former high-profile Boro player to their roster this past week in defender Emanuel Pogatetz and, with top spot in the league’s allocation order, would have the first shot at Kamara if he did opt for a stateside return.
The striker wouldn’t be able to feature for the club this season, however, as he was under contract with the Championship side after the MLS transfer window closed on August 6, but Berhalter has admitted that it’s a move on their mind for the future.
‘We’ve looked into it. He’s an interesting player,’ he told reporters.
‘We see him as a guy that can play number nine, he can play on the wing, he can score. If you look at his goals in the last three years in MLS, it’s pretty good. There are not many guys who have more goals than him. So we like him. We think he’s a good player.
‘These deals don’t happen easily, and you’ve got to put a lot of effort and work into them to get them done, but we’re working. And I think the most important thing is bringing in the right individual.'
Kamara, 30, first began his professional career with the Crew after being drafted ninth overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, before enjoying spells with the San Jose Earthquakes, the Houston Dynamo, and Sporting Kansas City, respectively, scoring a total of 52 goals in 192 regular reasons games.
His impressive displays with SKC during the 2012 campaign earned him a fourth-month loan to Norwich City at the start of 2013, before making a £900,000 permanent switch to England with Boro last September.
However, after netting four times in his first eight games, the Sierra Leone international would go goalless for the rest of the season and, upon falling out of the first-team picture under new manager Aitor Karanka this summer, saw his stint on Teesside come to an unceremonious end.