Report: Ali Al-Habsi training with Reading ahead of permanent transfer

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Al-Habsi has been linked with Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.

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.

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