Exclusive: Proven PL player heads to West Brom with view to signing

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

West Bromwich Albion have taken goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi on trial with a view to signing him, Football Insider understands.

The proven Premier League performer is a free agent after leaving Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal earlier this summer and he has been looking to find himself a new club in England.

A West Brom has told Football Insider that the club have invited Al-Habsi, 37, to train with them and he has spent the last week at their training headquarters.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is keen to add to his keeping options as he only has Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond as recognised senior players in that position in his squad.

Al-Habsi is happy to come in and play as a back-up goalkeeper at this stage of his career and he is hoping to do enough to win a deal at the Hawthorns.

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The ex-Wigan Athletic and Reading star boasts a wealth of experience in English football.

He played 111 times in the Premier League and 114 times in the Championship during his lengthy spell in England across spells at Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Al-Habsi has also been capped 126 times by his country Oman.

In other West Brom news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider how he “can’t believe” this brilliant Baggies player is not strutting his stuff in the Premier League.