Latics land Al Habsi

15 July 2010 01:01
Wigan have snapped up Oman international goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi on a season-long loan from Barclays Premier League rivals Bolton. Al Habsi had limited opportunities at the Reebok Stadium but did impress when offered a run in the side which competed in the UEFA Cup in the 2007/08 season. Latics boss Roberto Martinez is convinced the 28-year-old can challenge established number one Chris Kirkland. "We need competition in every department, and Ali will certainly do that," he said. "He has a terrific attitude to the game and after four years in England knows all about the Premier League. "We are delighted to welcome him on board." The Muscat-born keeper first made his name in Europe at Lyn Oslo in Norway, and has appeared 70 times for his country.

Source: PA