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Columbus Crew director confirms interest in Kei Kamara

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Columbus Crew head coach and sporting director, Gregg Berhalter, has hinted that the Major League Soccer (MLS) club is interested in signing Sierra Leone and former Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara.

Already the club has beaten the September 15 MLS roster deadline with the addition of Austrian defender Emanuel Pogatetz and now Berhalter hinted that another deal could be in the works as well.

“We’re active, and we’re looking for the right guy,” the Crew head coach and sporting director said. “We have guys identified.”

There are rumours of Kamara returning to the MLS and he would be subject to the same process as the Austrian defender, and Berhalter admitted that the club is thinking of bringing in the former Middlesbrough man.

“We’ve looked into it,” Berhalter said. “He’s an interesting player. 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.”

Kamara wouldn’t be able to play for an MLS club this season because he was under contract with Middlesbrough after the MLS transfer window closed on August 6, but Berhalter said using the allocation spot to acquire the striker for the future would still be worth it.