Al Habsi close to Wigan switch

The Oman stopper 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 move. However, it is understood

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.”