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Bolton refusing to budge over Al-Habsi

June 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bolton Wanderers are refusing to move from their £4 million valuation of goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who is a target for Wigan.

Ali Al-Habsi
GettyImagesAli Al-Habsi is an Oman international

Al-Habsi, 29, impressed on loan at the Latics last season and is not guaranteed first-team football back at the Reebok as Jussi Jaaskelainen is the current No. 1. But despite the fact that the Oman international has said he wants to leave, Bolton manager Owen Coyle is not going to let him go cheaply.

''We haven't shifted one iota, so Wigan have known since the very start where they need to get to,'' Coyle said. "If they are edging closer, then they are only doing that because they have known what they have to do from the outset.

"If they get to a place where we're all happy then there might be some business done. Until they do that, there's nothing to discuss.

"The scenario is very simple and both me and the chairman have been very consistent - we have never put it out there that we wanted Ali to go," Coyle added. "If there's business to be done, then it has to be done at the level we think is fair, to us and to Ali."