Latics’ latest Ali bid ‘rejected’

Bolton are understood to have rejected Wigan’s latest bid for

goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The 29-year-old Oman international was Latics’ player of the

season for the 2010/11 Premier League campaign having joined on

loan from the Trotters, and Roberto Martinez is understandably

eager to recruit him on a permanent basis.

Reports on Friday suggested Wigan had made a £3million

offer for Al-Habsi, having already had a £2million bid turned

down. Bolton may be looking for around £5million.

Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the former Lyn

Oslo custodian, but with the Birmingham outfit looking for a new

manager, it remains to be seen if they will firm up their interest

in him.