Wigan have confirmed that they have signed Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi from Bolton for a fee of £4million. The 29-year-old spent the entire 2010/11 campaign at the DW Stadium after first team opportunities became limited with Owen Coyle’s side, and excelled; the stopper received the Wigan Player of the Season award.
The move is of great delight to the former Al-Nasr player, who is looking forward to starting the 2011/12 season as a Latics player.
“I am very happy. I want to thank everyone at Bolton for helping me get established in this country but I need to be playing first-team football, and hopefully, if I can stay fit and keep doing my best, I will get the chance again at Wigan,” the Muscat born man is reported to have said on BBC News.
“I think the gaffer is building a really exciting young team here and I am thrilled that I can be part of that again,” he continued.
Meanwhile, manager Roberto Martinez is also glad to have Al-Habsi at the club on a permanent basis.
“After making it really clear that he wanted to play for Wigan Athletic moving forwards, we’ve done everything possible to make this happen. Goalkeeping is a very specific position and we are very pleased that we are going to be very strong in that department,” the Spaniard stated.
Wigan start their 2011/12 Premier League campaign at home to newly promoted Norwich City on August 13th.