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Arsenal enter the race for Liverpool's 'exciting' EPL target

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Bolton Wanderers' on loan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is a summer transfer target for Arsenal according to SkySports.com.

The 29-year-old Oman international is currently enjoying a fine season between the sticks for Wigan Athletic, and his fine performances have alerted the attention of a number of rival clubs.

Liverpool have long admired Al Habsi who has failed to make the grade at the Reebok Stadium, a result of the excellent Jussi Jaaskelainen who has dominated the number one spot for years.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish is on the lookout for a potential replacement for Liverpool's Spanish stopper Pepe Reina who is rumoured to be considering his Anfield future.


 

But it has now emerged that Arsenal have entered the race for the £4million rated star, with their interest first stemming from Al Habsi’s impressive performance against the Gunners back in January.

Despite ending the game on the losing side in a 3-0 defeat, Al Habsi played a world-class game for the Latics, producing a string of fine saves.

Arsene Wenger has been tracking the progress of Al Habsi ever since, and is said to be considering a summer approach to add him to Arsenal's goalkeeping ranks at the Emirates Stadium.

Bolton have another up-and-coming goalkeeper in the form of Adam Bogdan, and the announcement that he has signed a new three-year deal earlier this week has added to the speculation linking Al Habsi with a move away.

The Gunners will likely face competition for Al Habsi's signature - in addition to interest from Liverpool, SPL giants Celtic have also been keeping tabs on him in recent months.

Wigan would love to secure the long-term services of Al Habsi themselves, but interest from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal is likely to scupper their plans as he favours a big-money move.

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