Keita was first spotted by the Star Tribune’s Meg Ryan, who is covering the team from Arizona:
Spotted watching from the stands at #MNUFC practice is Norwegian forward Muhamed Keita.
— Megan Ryan (@theothermegryan) January 26, 2017
Keita’s agent confirmed to FiftyFive.One that the Gambian-Norwegian was not just taking in the sun and watching drills. Rather, Keita is “visiting” with the club as the winger weighs “a number of options” available to him.
Keita just finished a stint on loan in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, which is presumably where Manny Lagos and Minnesota United crossed paths with him. A right-footed player, Keita was most recently used by Bærum-based Stabaek as an inverted winger on the left flank.
Keita’s signing still may be unlikely. The Loons are close to signing a similar player in Bashkim Kadrii, who has also played as an inverted left winger. In addition, they are already over their limit for international players (though at least one green card seems on the way).