Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi on a one-month loan deal.
The 32-year-old Omani international keeper will go straight into Sami Hyypia’s squad for the SkyBet Championship match against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Al-Habsi has been brought into the club to provide cover for David Stockdale, who missed Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Tottenham with a finger injury.
Albion boss Hyypia said, “With David currently being injured, we felt that it was important to bring in another experienced goalkeeper to the club.
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“Ali certainly fits into this category, as someone who has played at the top level for both Bolton and Wigan in the Premier League and for the Omani national team."
After playing a season for Al-Nasr in Oman, Al-Habsi secured a move to Norwegian side Lyn Oslo and spent three years at the club before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 2006.
In a bid to gain regular first-team football, Al-Habsi signed for Wigan Atheltic on a season-long loan deal in July 2010 and an impressive campaign ensured a permanent £4million move at the end of the season.
He established himself as a first-team regular at the DW Stadium, but has only made one appearance for the Latics this season in their Capital One Cup first round defeat at Burton.
Al-Habsi, who will wear squad number 1, will be ineligible for Tuesday night's game with parent club Wigan Athletic.