The Omani international goalkeeper was released by Wigan following their relegation to League One, and the official Reading website has confirmed that he is training with the Royals ahead of a potential summer move.
The 33-year-old has been in-demand this summer, with a host of clubs linked with making a move for him. Being a free transfer and a talented stopper, he was always going to garner much interest, and three teams have been especially linked.
The Nottingham Post indicated that the Nottingham Forest were potentially planning a move for him as a replacement for Karl Darlow, whilst the Daily Mail suggested that Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham were tracking him as an experienced back-up goalkeeper option.
However, that interest in him failed to materialise into a formal approach, and the 103-capped international is now training with Reading ahead of a potential summer move. He will spend the next few days at the club whilst manager Steve Clarke assesses him, before signing a permanent deal at the Madejski Stadium.
Signing for the Royals will give Al-Habsi the chance to play consistent first-team football in a team searching for promotion to the top flight, whereas the likes of West Ham and Tottenham would only be able to offer him rare appearances as a back-up stopper.
There are no indications as to why Forest did not formalise their interest, but as Al-Habsi would have been a solid signing for the Midlands club, they could rue that decision later in the 2015/16 season.