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Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Kenya international keeper Arnold Origi. The 34-year-old, who plays for Norwegian FA Cup winners Lillestrom, is understood to have been offered a trial with the fast-improving Eagles.
Boss Roy Hodgson is considering a new deputy for first choice No1 Wayne Hennessey given that understudy and club stalwart Julian Speroni is now 38. He is thought to also be interested in Getafe’s Vicente Guaita. But reports in Norway claim Origi, a cousin of Liverpool striker Divock, has headed to Selhurst Park on trial.
Lillestrom sporting director Simon Mesfin said: “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.” Club coach Arne Erlandsen added: “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.”
Origi, named the star of Lillestrom’s 3-2 cup final win over Sarpsborg last month, refused to comment on the reports. The 33-cap international is under contract until the end of 2018. But he is eager to swap Norway’s top flight for the Premier League.
Lillestrom signed him from second-tier Ullensaker/Kisa in 2013. He previously played for fellow Norwegian sides Moss FK and Fredrikstad after quitting Kenyan club Tusker FC in 2007. Palace enjoyed a good New Year, drawing with runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday before following it up with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Tuesday. -THE SUN