Kemar Lawrence is coming off an outstanding year for club and country. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

Will Kemar Lawrence be leaving the Red Bulls for a European team?

It could happen.

Damani Ralph, Lawrence’s agent told the Jamaica Gleaner that several European teams are interested in the Jamaican international defender. That includes Turkish powers Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor.

“I can confirm that Fenerbahce knows of Kemar, and he’s on their shortlist for January. Trabszonspor is another of the clubs as well,” Ralph told the newspaper.

“If the offer is right, I’m sure they [the Red Bulls] would [sell him].”

Lawrence, 25, has been linked to several English teams in the past, including Newcastle United and West Ham United but he could not acquire a work permit in England because of Jamaica’s recent mediocre FIFA world rankings.

Ralph said that the left back would not have problems adapting to Turkey.

“It’s too early to say, however, I will say as times have changed, and with technology, I think he would do fine in Turkey,” he said. “With Kemar’s personality, I know he would do well anywhere in Europe.”

Lawrence is coming off an outstanding year for club and country. He dazzled on the left side for the Red Bulls and helped the Reggae Boyz reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, where they lost to the United States.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at