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Al-Habsi Will Cost Big Says Coyle

It looks like Wigan Athletic may have to pay quite a large transfer fee if they want to make the loan move for goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi a permanent one with Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle making his point in the local press.

Al-Habsi has been in scintillating form for the Latics since claiming the starting place between the sticks from Chris Kirkland and there have been noises emitting from the DW Stadium about a desire to keep the Oman international for the long term.

Speaking to the Bolton Evening News, Coyle says that if the Latics want Al-Habsi then they will have to pay for him, and pay big, Coyle also says he will decide if indeed he does get sold.

Coyle said: "The only way they can keep him for good is by paying our club a large transfer fee - if indeed that`s acceptable to us"

"Wigan can make as much noise as they want, ultimately I`ll decide whether Ali Al-Habsi is a Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper or not."

"There`s no anticipation necessary, I`ll decide what happens on Al-Habsi, in conjunction with the chairman and the owner.

"We put him on loan because it was a win-win-win situation. Ali gets games in the Premier League, we get a terrific loan fee, and I have got a terrific goalkeeper in Adam Bogdan, who has shown he can step in when necessary - so it was a great bit of business for the football club."

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 6 2010

Time: 10:06AM

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He's worth a chunky fee, but not too chunky
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06/10/2010 10:08:00

Coyle will decide nowt. Juast like all footballers who want away. it's Ali who'll decide.
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06/10/2010 11:23:00

He would only be using Wigan as a stepping stone anyway - like all of your other players
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06/10/2010 12:09:00

coyle is only mouthing big because he sees ali likes wigan and wigan fans like him.if he was worth a lot off money why was he on the subs bench for so long.
johnney handsome
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06/10/2010 15:03:00

the mans talking crap. If he wanted him, why palm him off. I think this is one that's backfired.
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06/10/2010 16:43:00

Not backfired at all.We have keepers coming out of our ears- we needed to raise Ali's profile for when we cash in. Lets be honest, Wigan have very little chance of keeping Al Habsi However Coyle may have saved you relegation letting you have him. Everyone at Bolton was well aware of Al Habsi- many of our fans were saying he was better/as good/nearly as good as Jussi. Judging on his performances at Wigan I'd say he's not quite as good as Jussi yet- but definitely good enough to play week in week out for most Premier League teams. The loan has worked a treat for us. Unfortunately Ali will never get a chance with Bolton because by the time that Jussi retires, Adam Bogdan will be ready- and when Bogdan is ready he could be better than both of them. The advantages of having one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the world is having a world class keeper, a near world class keeper and a future world class keeper. Habsi deserved games for being so loyal to us. He has plenty of time left on his contract, so I dare say that we sent him out on loan- as well as to recoup a loan fee and keep him happy- so that we could raise his profile and sell him off to a club more befitting a keeper his quality- can see him going to Arsenal for 5-6M in the summer. IF Wigan stay up- and offer 5M+ then you may be in the running.
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06/10/2010 18:16:00

derbo you are some dreamer,you should start writing novels.they are bound to be best sellers with that imagination.
johnney handsome
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06/10/2010 19:01:00

All that writing above me just to say, if we offer 5 mill, we may keep him lol which means he's worth about 2 mill in reality. The days are gone when the Big clubs overpaid especially Arsenal. Their own scouting team are good at getting quality bargains and not from other Premiership clubs either. As for staying up, don't count your own chickens before they hatch. As for Jussi, if he'd been world class, he'd be playing for Man UTD not your boring lot. He's only good because he's had to be in a poor Bolton side that play hoof ball, and in fact Jussi always saved Bolton from relegation every season except one.
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07/10/2010 09:09:00

I heard the fifth time's a charm... As I said before, Al Habsi is easily good enough to walk into the Arsenal team- and most Premier League teams. If Ali is as good as your fans are saying he is- and he is- then you must realise you've little chance of holding onto him. Oh and as well as saving us from relegation you forgot to mention Jussi has led us into Europe twice, a cup final and four seasons in the top eight. You're right. He's great!
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07/10/2010 10:44:00

Well we agree on that, Jussi is definitely your best player, so what's he worth then? lol. Everyone else is somewhat duhhhh. Ali is worth no more than 2 million tops. No premiership side pays alot for a goalie, and if he's worth more, then to be honest you should hang on to him. As for Arsenal wanting him, don't make me laugh, he'd be OK at Latics, and better than what we have, but no more than that. Did you watch his mega mistake that nearly cost a goal when we played Wolves? That's what we'd be buying!! There will be others to look at come the end of the season so don't get too excited, and Ali won't thank Bolton if he wants away, and we all know what the want away players do, right!!
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