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Ola Kamara's future still in flux with Rapids ready to move on - sources

Ola Kamara's future still in flux with Rapids ready to move on - sources
From ESPN - January 13, 2018

ORLANDO -- The fate of Columbus Crew SC striker Ola Kamara remains very much up in the air with interest coming from both inside and outside MLS, multiple sources have told ESPN FC.

At one stage the Colorado Rapids appeared to be the front-runner to land Kamara, with one source saying a deal with Columbus was close to being completed.

But multiple sources have now said Kamara prefers to be in a larger, coastal MLS city. So while Colorado is not completely out of the running, the Rapids are exploring other, European targets.

For Columbus manager Gregg Berhalter, Kamara's preferences have served to limit his options. But he has been adamant that while he's willing to try and accommodate Kamara as well as want-away midfielder Justin Meram, he will only do so after receiving what he feels is the proper value for the forward.

"Normally, we are a club that makes decisions in a player-first way. All of our filters are geared towards what's best for the player," Berhalter said in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.

"In this situation, it's not much different except that these are two high performers, and we have to get the value that we expect if something would be done. If that does not happen we are not going to do a deal. For us it's pretty straightforward."

Columbus acquired Kamara just prior to the 2016 season, and the Norway international has been prolific since then, scoring 35 goals in 64 league and playoff appearances.

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