Coyle Open To Al Habsi Departure

  • June 20, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle admits Ali Al Habsi could leave the club, but only if Wigan Athletic meet the club's transfer demands.

Al Habsi looks set to leave the Reebok Stadium after impressing during a loan spell at the DW Stadium last season but the Latics are yet to meet Wanderers' £4million valuation of the player.

It is understood Wigan have currently offered £3.75million for the Oman international, but Coyle admits an improved bid could signal Al Habsi's departure from the Trotters.

"We haven't shifted one iota, so Wigan have known since the very start where they need to get to," Coyle told The Bolton News.

"If they are edging closer, then they are only doing that because they have known what they have to do from the outset.

"If they get to a place where we're all happy then there might be some business done. Until they do that, there's nothing to discuss.

"The scenario is very simple and both me and the chairman have been very consistent we have never put it out there that we wanted Ali to go.

"He'd been out at Wigan and obviously had that taste of first team football and I'm sure he'd want to continue that.

"If Ali stays, he knows he has a a real fight on his hands because Jussi is a magnificent keeper and young Adam Bogdan is getting better all the time. Rob Lainton is improving no end as well.

"If there's business to be done, then it has to be done at the level we think is fair, to us and to Ali."

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