Al Habsi, who had been linked with a switch to Tottenham ahead of the January transfer window, agreed the move to Bolton in the summer of 2005 but was allowed to remain at Lyn Oslo to complete their season.
He eventually arrived at Bolton in January 2006 but did not make his debut for the club until September 2007.
An injury to regular keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen resulted in Al Habsi being handed a first-team role towards the end of the 2007-2008 season and he conceded only two goals in the last five games to help Bolton beat the drop.
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