Wigan launch Al Habsi bid
Sky Sports sources understand Wigan have made a £3million bid to sign Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
Last Updated: 03/06/11 3:59pm
Sky Sports sources understand Wigan Athletic have made a £3million bid to sign Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi on a permanent basis.
Al Habsi has spent the past season on loan at the DW Stadium and was an instrumental figure in securing Wigan's Premier League survival.
He dislodged former No.1 Chris Kirkland just two games into the campaign and retained his place as Roberto Martinez's first choice for the rest of the season.
Latics boss Martinez is keen to have the Oman international in his plans next term and has now made a £3million bid.
Martinez was urged by Latics duo Emmerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell last week to pull out all the stops to re-sign Al Habsi, but it remains to be seen if Bolton will let the 29-year-old leave permanently.
Al Habsi has made just 18 appearances in five seasons at Bolton after finding himself playing second fiddle to the long-serving Jussi Jaaskelainen.
However, after starring for Wigan, the keeper revealed that he wants to be playing regularly again next season rather than warming the bench at a club.