After leaving Belgrade-based Partizan yesterday, 25-year-old midfielder Medo (Mohamed Kamara) arrived at the Reebok Stadium on deadline day for talks with the Trotters. Kamara's Partizan contract expires this summer but he had stated that he would not be extending his stay there. Bolton will be paying a relatively small fee for Medo's services but when you look at his body of experience, it could be a real bargain for the men in white.
The deal is done, a 3.5 year contract for the typical undisclosed fee, making him Dougie Freedman's third permanent signing as manager.
Medo made his name in Finland with a three year stay at HJK, helping them win the league title two years in a row. After that, he moved to FK Partizan, a Serbian SuperLiga side. The Serbian league has only been around in its current form for a total of six seasons (following Montenegro's secession from Serbia in 2006). Partizan have won the league title on five of those six occasions and were runners up the remaining time. Medo had made five appearances this season for Partizan in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League
Kamara plays as a midfield enforcer. He is the type of player that will hang around just ahead of the back line and behind the central midfielder, the kind to worry about the defense while everyone else pushes forward. The only current player in Bolton's ranks that can naturally play in that position is Jay Spearing. Keith Andrews has played there a lot this season but he is more naturally a dead-center midfielder.
Dougie Freedman shared his thoughts on the signing with the club's official site:
"I've known about Medo for a while now. Aki Riihilahti, who is a good friend of mine from when we were Crystal Palace, played with him in Finland.
"I've seen a lot of him and never really thought I'd have any chance of working with him. From Finland he went over to Partizan Belgrade and has certainly become a better player over the last three or four years.
"It's the right deal for the club. He has the heart of a lion, the hunger, the desire and the right mind-set - he wants to come here and do well and I look forward to working with him."