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Coyle: Al-Habsi transfer close

July 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi's transfer to Wigan is expected to be completed on Monday, following the Latics' decision to call an afternoon press conference.

Ali Al-Habsi makes a flying save to deny Mikel Arteta.
GettyImagesAli Al-Habsi during his spell at Wigan.

Earlier in the day Bolton manager Owen Coyle said that Al-Habsi was nearing a permanent transfer, although there has been no confirmation that the Latics press conference is in connection to the Oman goalkeeper.

Al-Habsi, 29, was on loan at the DW Stadium last season and impressed enough to keep Chris Kirkland out of the side. The two clubs have agreed a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £4 million.

Coyle said: "We could easily have kept him but I have to be fair to Ali. It is good business. If that is concluded, we will wish him well."

Al-Habsi made 39 appearances for Wigan and their manager, Roberto Martinez, has made no secret of his desire to sign him permanently.