Coyle keeping coy on £4m stopper switch

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is refusing to budge on the £4million asking price set for in-demand goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

The 29-year-old Oman international spent the 2010/11 campaign on loan at Barclays Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic, where he scooped the club's player of the season award.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez now wants to make the move permanent, but in order to do so, the club must meet the Trotters' original valuation of the stopper.

"We haven't shifted one iota, so Wigan have known since the very start where they need to get to," Coyle told the Bolton News.

"If they are edging closer, then they are only doing that because they have known what they have to do from the outset.


"If they get to a place where we're all happy then there might be some business done. Until they do that, there's nothing to discuss," he continued.

Having already had two bids turned down, Wigan have come back with a third offer of £3.7million – but that is still short of the fee needed to progress talks over his Reebok Stadium release.

"The scenario is very simple and both me and the chairman have been very consistent - we have never put it out there that we wanted Ali to go," Coyle added.

"If there's business to be done, then it has to be done at the level we think is fair, to us and to Ali."

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