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Liverpool striker Divock Origi set to quit the club – reports

British newspaper Daily Mail on Monday reported that Liverpool have offered their striker Divork Origi to French club Monaco as part of a deal that could bring French winger Thomas Lemar to the English Premier League.

“Liverpool badly want Lemar. They had two earlier bids for the player rejected. Now they have offered £50 million (about Sh7 billion) plus Origi. Monaco will make a decision on Tuesday,” the English paper reported.

Should the deal materialise, it will mark a return to France for Origi whose father Mike Okoth played for Harambee Stars in the 90’s.

The 22 year-old spent two different spells in France at top flight club Lille, between 2010 and 2014.

TURNED DOWN

Having received his football education in Belgium at top flight side Genk, a team his father also turned out for, Origi famously opted to turn down advances to turn out for Kenya in favour of Belgium in 2013.

He went on to star for the European country at the Fifa World Cup in 2014, scoring against Russia, performances that earned him a move to Liverpool.

Origi has however struggled to nail down a regular place at Liverpool under coach Jurgen Klopp where he currently plays second fiddle to striking quartet Saidio Mane, Firmino, Mohammed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

In fact, Origi wasn’t involved at all in the match day squad during Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing over Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool meanwhile, have until Thursday, which is the final day of the European transfer window this year, to complete the transfers.