Al Habsi close to Wigan switch

04 July 2011 11:00

Ali Al Habsi is on the brink of leaving Bolton for near neighbours Wigan.

The Oman goalkeeper enjoyed an excellent year on loan at the DW Stadium last term but Latics manager Roberto Martinez had taken his time trying to sort out a permanent deal.

However, Press Association Sport understands a transfer - said to be for a fee in the region of £4million - is likely to be concluded within the next 24 hours.

It will represent a good move for all parties, given Al Habsi had little chance of ousting Jussi Jaaskelainen at the Reebok Stadium.

"We could easily have kept him but I have to be fair to Ali," said manager Owen Coyle.

"It is good business. If that is concluded, we will wish him well.

"He did well at Wigan last year and they have tried to secure his services."

However, England defender Gary Cahill did return to training despite huge speculation over his future, with Tottenham amongst those believed to be interested.

"Gary has been the subject of speculation every day, probably to the point he is frustrated by it," said Coyle.

"I have been very open. Some of the elite clubs in this country have noted their interest. But there has been nothing concrete. Until that changes, Gary is a Bolton player."

Source: PA

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