Latics land keeper Al Habsi on loan

Published Jul. 15, 2010 10:11 a.m. ET

Al Habsi had limited opportunities at the Reebok Stadium but did impress when offered a run in the side which competed in the UEFA Cup in the 2007/08 season. Latics boss Roberto Martinez is convinced the 28-year-old can challenge established number one Chris Kirkland. "We need competition in every department, and Ali will certainly do that," he said. "He has a terrific attitude to the game and after four years in England knows all about the Premier League. "We are delighted to welcome him on board." The Muscat-born goalkeeper first made his name in Europe at Lyn Oslo in Norway, and has appeared 70 times for his country.