Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi joins Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 17/07/17 9:49am
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 Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final.
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 manager Jaap Staam and Wales international Chris Gunter have recently signed new deals at the club.
Reading will be looking to mount another promotion push this season, after agonisingly missing out to Huddersfield in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final on penalties.