The Daily Mail believes that Sky Bet Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are looking to secure a loan deal for goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi. The 36-year-old is currently playing his football in Saudi Arabia with Al-Hilal, but has struggled for game time despite a large wage. The player could potentially be available for loan for only a fraction of his £90,000-a-week salary.
A possible stumbling block over the deal is the uncertainty around Al-Hilal head coach Ramon Diaz, who is coming under severe pressure after a disappointing campaign. A change of coach may lead to Al-Habsi coming back into favour, but Nottingham Forest still remain keen on a deal.
Al-Habsi being proven at Championship level certainly makes him an attractive proposition for the City Ground club, who have been playing youngster Jordan Smith between the sticks this season. The youngster hasn’t necessarily disappointed by then-manager Mark Warburton was hoping for a more experienced stopper, one which is also comfortable building from the back. This is why Adam Federici joined from AFC Bournemouth, with only injury forcing him to return before kicking a ball in anger. With Warburton gone, it still appears a new goalkeeper is high on the agenda, although a new manager is perhaps number one on the list.
Nevertheless, Al-Habsi being well versed in the English game from his time at Wigan Athletic, which whom he helped with the FA Cup in 2013, and Reading, where he twice won the Player of the Year Award and a spot in the Championship Team of the Season as well.