Wigan launch Al Habsi bid

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.