Former Kenyan international Arnold Origi’s chance of joining English Premier League side Crystal Palace in the January transfer may be as good as dead, as the club seems more inclined towards bringing on board Spaniard Vicente Guita.
While Origi, 34, would have joined the club for free after being allowed by his Norwegian team, Lillestrom SK to pursue better prospects, but the struggling Premier League side has opted for Guaita, who is four years younger and more expensive, his valuation being placed at £3.5m.
Guaita is currently attached to Spanish side Getafe but he will be out of contract at the end of the season and with just six months to go, his club has chosen to cash in on him, rather than hold on and see him leave for free, with Watford and Besiktas also linked with him.
Meanwhile, Norwegian media reports have it that Lillestrom have already shipped in a new keeper, Estonian Matvei Igonen to replace Origi.
21 – year old Igonen joins Lillestrom on a three – year deal from Estonian side FCI Tallinn, where he has been since 2012 and brings forth a bit of experience having featured for the Estonia U21 and senior national teams.
“The goal is to play in one of the five major leagues eventually. But now it's very good for my development to play in Norway. The league here is much better than that in Estonia, says Igonen, as quoted on dagbladet.no.
Lillestrom is equally elated to have the youngster, who has been under the club’s watch for a while; "We are very pleased to have Matvei. This is a player we had on trial last year. We have followed his development and kept in touch with his agent. There is no doubt that he is a goalkeeper with a great potential. We are very pleased that he is now a Lillestrøm player,” sports director Simon Mesfin said.
Origi was instrumental for Lillestrom as they wrapped up the 2017 season with a win in the Norway Cup after beating Sarpsborg 3 – 2 in the final.