Coyle stands firm on Al-Habsi
Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle refuses to budge on his asking price for goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.
Last Updated: 20/06/11 3:26pm
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle refuses to budge on his asking price for goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.
Wigan are keen to sign the Oman international on a permanent basis after a season-long loan deal, during which he won the club's player of the year award.
The Latics have made a third bid of £3.7million bid for Al-Habsi but Coyle is holding out for his valuation of £4m.
Wigan are expected to come back with another improved offer and, despite his eagerness to re-invest the money on new players, Coyle insists Bolton will not back down to ensure a quicker sale.
"We haven't shifted one iota, so Wigan have known since the very start where they need to get to," he 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.
"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."
Meanwhile, Coyle has been handed a boost with midfielder Mark Davies confident of being fit for the start of pre-season training.
The 23-year-old is on the road to recovery after missing the last five games of the season with an ankle injury that required surgery and forced him out of the European Under-21 Championship.
"I've not felt any pain in my ankle for a couple of weeks now so everything seems to be progressing well," he told the club's official website.
"I'm aiming to start running again later this week and then hopefully I should be set to start full pre-season training with the rest of the lads when they are back on July 4.
"Not playing at the end of last season was frustrating, especially because I'd managed to stay fully fit all season up to that point."