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
to keep them with the club. 2013 MLS Transfers: PLAYER
, 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