As first speculated by The Daily Wiz this morning, the transfer of Sporting Kansas City winger Kei Kamara to Norwich City is that of a short-term loan deal that will see the 28-year old join the Canaries until May 6. The agreement does, however, include the option to purchase Kamara on a permanent basis at the end of the three-month loan.
Selling Kamara outright at this point made little sense for either side; Sporting KC were surely not keen to lose their leading scorer for three years running a month before the 2013 season, and Norwich likely were not willing to take the risk of splashing a moderate-sized transfer fee for a player just a couple years short of 30 with no professional playing experience outside of Major League Soccer.
To sweeten things for Sporting KC, the team announced they will receive a "substantial" loan fee for Kamara, two-thirds of which will be given to the club in allocation money, with the other one-third going to MLS who holds all players' contractual rights. This is money that will allow Sporting to re-sign players like Chance Myers, CJ Sapong and Teal Bunbury to long-term contracts, so that they never reach the free agency waters, like Roger Espinoza, or come close to it, like Kamara now.
When the time is right, the time is right. This is Kei Kamara's time to shine brighter than ever before. There are no longer doubts about what he can do in MLS. At 28 years old, it's now or never for Kei Kamara's European footballing dream. And he should, with his usual joyfulness and fervor, reach out and grab hold of it with both hands.