Denis Hamlett (above) on Muhamed Keita: “We think that his skill set can transfer well to MLS and fit our style of play.” (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have completed the transfer of forward Muhamed Keita from Polish side Lech Poznan, the Major League Soccer announced Friday.
The deal is pending the receipt of Keita’s International Transfer Certificate.
“We are excited to welcome Muhamed to our club,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “He is an experienced player that has the ability to play as a forward, or on either wing. We think that his skill set can transfer well to MLS and fit our style of play.”
The 26-year-old forward began his professional career with Stromsgodset in Norway, graduating from the youth system to the senior team in 2007. He made 125 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2014, when he moved to Poznan.
He spent time on loan with Stabaek in 2015, where he was coached by former U.S. national coach and MetroStars coach Bob Bradley, who became the first coach of 2018 expansion team LAFC. Hamlett spent four years as an assistant on Bradley’s coaching staff with the Chicago Fire.
After Stabaek, the 5-7, 170-lb. Keita was loaned back to Stromsgodset, then spent more time at Stabaek and played for Velerenga Oslo earlier this year. He has totaled 212 professional appearances with 36 goals and 20 assists.
Keita was born in Gambia, but has represented Norway at youth international levels. During his career, he has won the Polish Championship, the Norwegian Championship and the Norwegian Cup.