Date: 24th June 2011 at 10:31am
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The Daily Mail are reporting that former Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish, now in charge of Aston Villa, has apparently declared an interest in signing Wigan Athletic target Ali Al-Habsi from Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Al-Habsi was of course named Latics player of the year at the end of last season following his loan spell from the Wanderers, a deal was expected to be sorted quickly to bring the Oman international to the DW Stadium on a permanent basis, but due to the 29 year old goalkeeper being on an extended stay in the Gulf visiting family and friends the dotted lines haven`t been signed yet and McLeish has spied an opportunity according to the Mail.

Former Villa keeper Jimmy Rimmer works as part of Al-Habsi’s management team and he advised him to consider a move to Villa Park at the end of the season, now it looks like McLeish is hoping to hijack the move to the Latics and convince Al-Habsi to join his Villa revolution.

Ali though has his heart set on the Latics and it would be a major surprise if he did a u-turn and headed down the M6 to join Aston Villa.



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