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Al-Habsi leaves Reading

17 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 17/07/17 9:49am

Ali Al-Habsi has left Reading

Ali Al-Habsi has left Reading

Ali Al-Habsi has left Reading to join Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal, the two-time Asian champions have announced.

The 35-year-old initially spent four years at Bolton before joining Wigan in 2011 after a year-long loan period.

Al-Habsi was an FA Cup winner with the Latics in 2013, where

He was able to join Al Hilal on a three-year deal after the Saudi Arabian Premier League relaxed rules on overseas players, permitting clubs to field foreign goalkeepers.

Al-Habsi, who was Reading’s player of the year last season, is expected to make his competitive debut for Al Hilal when the Riyadh-based club face UAE side Al Ain in the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League in August.

Experienced ‘keeper Al-Habsi may be leaving the Madejski Stadium but

Reading will be looking to mount another promotion push this season, after agonisingly

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