Former Reading ace Al-Habsi eyes English return

Ali Al-Habsi of Reading in action during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Reading at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2016 in London, England.

HITC Sport understands Former Bolton, Wigan and Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is considering a return to England this summer.

Ali Al-Habsi of Reading celebrates saving a penalty from Michael Hefele of Huddersfield Town (not pictured) during the penalty shoot out during the Sky Bet Championship play off final...

A number of Championship and League One clubs are weighing up moves for former Bolton and Wigan star Ali Al-Habsi, HITC Sport understands.

Al-Habsi is currently plying his trade in Saudi Arabia after leaving Reading to join Al-Hilal in 2017.

 

The Oman international could be available on a free transfer this summer as Al-Hilal try to make room in their squad to fulfil their non-Saudi quota for 2019/20.

News of Al-Habsi's availability and willingness to come back to England has alerted a number of clubs with the keeper qualifying as home-grown from his 12 years in the country after arriving at Bolton in 2005.

Ali Al Habsi of Reading looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Reading at the iPro Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Derby, England

Al Habsi boasts a wealth of experience having played in the Premier League with Bolton and Wigan and he was part of the Latics squad that famously won the FA Cup in 2013.

The 37-year-old was a popular figure at all the clubs he played for and his impressive displays saw him win player of the season on several occasions at Wigan and Reading.

Al Habsi made over 250 appearances during his time in England and his experience and quality makes him an attractive proposition to clubs looking to strengthen their goalkeeping options this summer.

Ali Al-Habsi of Reading in action during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Reading at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2016 in London, England.

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