Harambee Stars international Michael Olunga is on the verge of completing a transfer from Kashiwa Reysol to Qatar’s Al Duhail SC.
Olunga is believed to have agreed personal terms with the club based in the Duhail district of Doha City. Japanese side Kashiwa is expected to receive a Ksh890 million (7 million euros) transfer fee once the move is sealed.
Leaked images went viral on social media in Qatar of Olunga holding up the Al Duhail shirt.
An official announcement was expected in a matter of days.
The striker had attracted interest from clubs in Europe and Asia following a stellar season at Reysol.
After leading his team to promotion from the J2 league, Olunga finished the 2019/20 season as top-scorer in the J1 league and was also crowned Most Valuable Player (MVP).
He is seen as a long-term replacement for Croatian international Mario Mandzukic who failed to shine at the club in the past season.
Al Duhail plays its home games at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium.
It made history as the first team in Qatar to win the top-flight league title in its first season in the division.
At the moment, Al Duhail sits second on the table, 8 points behind Al Saad.
Among those who had advised Olunga to make the Qatar switch are coach Bobby Williamson and former international Dennis Oliech, who himself played in the Gulf in his heyday before moving to Ligue 1.
Despite clamour from a section of fans for Olunga to move to a recognizable European league, Oliech and Williamson argued that the Qatar move was better for the striker as it would set him up and his family financially.