[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For the second time this year, Kei Kamara is headed to England, though his time it is on a permanent transfer. Sporting Kansas City transferred the 29-year-old Sierra Leonean to Middlesbrough of the Football League Championship, the second tier of English soccer.
Kamara had joined Norwich City of the Premier League on loan until early May -- the end of the MLS transfer window. As part of the agreement for him to go on loan, Sporting KC extended Kamara's contract, which was set to run out at the end of 2013.
That extension allowed Sporting KC to get what it termed a "substantial transfer fee" reported in the English press to be 900,000 pounds ($1.4 million).
Sporting KC will receive two-thirds of the substantial transfer fee to use as allocation money, per MLS rules for transfers.
"Over the last four-plus years, Kei's progression as a player has been tremendous," said Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes in a statement. "We appreciate his service to the team and to the club and we wish nothing but the best for him and his next challenge as a player."
Sporting KC had given contract extensions to U.S. national team starters Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to keep them with the club.
2013 MLS Transfers:
PLAYER (TRANSFER) FEE
Kei Kamara, Sporting Kansas City to Middlesbrough (England), $1,400,000
Andy Najar, D.C. United to Anderlecht (Belgium), $3,000,000
Alain Rochat, D.C. United to BSC Young Boys (Switzerland), $500,000
Brek Shea, FC Dallas to Stoke City (England), $4,000,000