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Wigan boss will wait for Al Habsi

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is not planning to make any moves to sign on-loan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi permanently until next summer.

Parent club Bolton have said they are prepared to listen to offers for the Oman international, who has impressed since moving to Wigan on a year-long deal in July. Al Habsi has supplanted Chris Kirkland as first choice at the DW Stadium and his performances have reportedly attracted the interest of other clubs.

But Martinez said: "From our point of view Ali is here for the whole season. We have been very pleased with Ali's performances and the way he has settled into the football club.

"I don't want to distract from the good level Ali is showing. We have got him until the end of the season and we will work really hard in the summer to secure his services."

He added: "There is going to be a lot of speculation but our focus is on the games before the window.

"Ali can carry on improving his game. I feel Ali is probably at the age where he is ready to show his true potential in the Premier League and I am delighted to have him here with us."

Martinez has also refused to be drawn on speculation linking Latics with a January move for Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson, who is out of contract in the summer.

Martinez said: "There are going to be a lot of names thrown at us and a lot of speculation.

"I think we will speak about the window when it arrives but at the moment it is too early."

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