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Crystal Palace eyeing move for Arnold Origi

Arnold Origi celebrates after helping his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup. PHOTO/Courtesy

NAIORBI, Kenya, Jan 4- English Premier League side Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi, with reports indicating he has been on trial in London at Selhurst Park with Roy Hodgson’s side.

Origi, who recently acquired Norwegian citizenship helped his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup at the close of 2017 and the 34 year old has now emerged as a top priority for Palace.

Norwegian website VG has reported that Lillestrom coach and their Sporting Director have all but confirmed Origi will be leaving the club either to Palace or another English side.

“I think Arnold has played his last game for us. We wish him luck with his career. I hope he finds a club where he gets what he wants,” Lillestrom head coach Arne Erlandsen said.

Lillestrom sporting director Simon Mesfin confirmed that the shot stopper who joined Lillestrom in 2013 has not been training with the club since they returned for pre-season.

“Arnold is not training with us because he has requested permission to work out with a club in England. He is there for an indefinite period,” Mesfin said.

Palace are understood to be looking for a deputy to current number one Wayne Henessey, with the second choice keeper Julian Speroni turning 38 years.

Norway based keeper, Arnold Origi in action when Harambee Stars played Zambia on September 6, 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Origi was voted man of the match in Lillestrom’s 3-2 cup final win over Sarpsborg and played 26 matches for the club last year.

The custodian who has been capped 27 times for the national team started out his career abroad with FK Moss after leaving Tusker FC in 2007 then left for Fredrikstand on loan in 2011. He then joined Ull/Kisa in 2012 before leaving for Lillestrom a year later.

Origi comes from a football family. His uncle is the famous Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool’s Divock Origi who was a professional footballer plying his club trade in Belgium.

His father, Austin Oduor, was a long term captain of Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia, and his other uncles Gerald and Anthony were defenders at Tusker.

The goalkeeper’s last match for the Stars was the 1-0 loss against Guinea Bissau in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in Nairobi in March 2016.