Former Sheffield United man Colin Kazim-Richards lands permanent deal at Feyenoord

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Colin Kazim-Richards spent a season in the Premier League with the Blades and was loaned to the Dutch club as a replacement for Graziano Pelle.

Former Arsenal youth star and one-time Premier League goalscorer Colin Kazim-Richards looks set to make his temporary stay in Holland a permanent one, with reports suggesting that the 28-year-old is set to sign a two-year contract with Feyenoord.

Dutch website FR12.NL is among those to report that the former Bury and Brighton forward is set to remain in Rotterdam after impressing on loan this term.

Signed as a potential replacement for Graziano Pelle, following the Italian’s move to Southampton, Kazim-Richards has largely impressed, scoring 12 goals in 30 outings for Feyenoord this term.

That return has proven to be enough to convince those at the club to keep him on board for next season, with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst due to take charge of the Dutch giants this summer.

It marks the latest chapter in a remarkable career for Kazim-Richards.

On the books at Arsenal as a youngster, the 28-year-old had to fight for a career in football, having been signed by Brighton as an 18-year-old from Bury as part of a special Coca-Cola-sponsored transfer competition that gave the club £250,000 to spend on a player of the winner’s choosing.

Aaron Berry was the individual in question, with the Seagulls supporter opting for Kazim-Richards, who was then dubbed the “Coca-Cola Kid”, according to an interview with The Guardian.

From there he enjoyed a meteoric rise of sorts, impressing in the Premier League during a single season with Sheffield United before heading to the continent.

Spells with Fenerbahce, Toulouse, Galatasaray, Olympiacos and Bursapor followed before the forward arrived at Feyenoord last summer.

Born in Leytonstone, London, the striker has played 36 times for Turkey at international level and received his first call-up in four years early in 2015, having been part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

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