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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 January 2006, 05:14 GMT
Bolton unveil new keeper Al-Habsi
Ali Al Habsi
Bolton have completed the signing of Oman international goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi from Norwegian club SFK Lyn.

The highly-rated 23-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, subject to international clearance.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce told the club website: "Ali has a massive presence in front of goal and will add much needed competition in a key area for us.

"We'll certainly give him the platform he needs to become a respected player in the best league in the world."

With doubts surrounding the future of Wanderers number one Jussi Jaaskelainen, the arrival of Al-Habsi will ease Allardyce's goalkeeping worries.

I was impressed with Sam Allardyce's hopes for the future
Ali Al-Habsi
Al-Habsi, who is rated as one of the top keepers in Asia, was due to move to Bolton after the end of the Norwegian season in October.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce first tried to sign him in 2001 but he was unable to gain a work permit, having not featured in enough internationals.

Al-Habsi, 6ft 5in, added: "The club is going places and I was impressed with Sam Allardyce's hopes for the future."




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