Thursday 13 June 2013

On this day: Jussi Jaaskelainen agrees to join West Ham

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a goalkeeper agreeing to join the Hammers

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen (right) is unveiled with the rest of West Ham's summer signings

  • The 38-year-old started every single Barclays Premier League match last season

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 13 June 2012 - Jussi Jaaskelainen agrees to join West Ham

West Ham United strengthened their squad ahead of their return to the Barclays Premier League with the capture of experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

"When the opportunity was offered to come to West Ham I didn't think twice"
Jussi Jaaskelainen

Jaaskelainen, then 37, had been with Bolton Wanderers for 15 years and during his time at the club had became widely recognised as one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the League. His time at Bolton, however, was coming to an end with the club's relegation from the top flight as well as the emergence at the Reebok Stadium of Adam Bogdan.

The Hammers, meanwhile, back in the Premier League after the Championship play-off final victory over Blackpool, were in search of a first-choice keeper following Rob Green's decision to leave the club.

Jaaskelainen signed a one-year deal, with the option of another 12 months, to team up again with former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce.

"I'm delighted to be joining West Ham United. After spending 15 years in Bolton it's a great new challenge and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

"Everything has happened really quickly. When the opportunity was offered to come to West Ham I didn't think twice and I just told my agent to sort it out as quickly as possible."

The Finland international enjoyed a superb first season in the capital, starting every League match as West Ham secured a top-half finish and triggering an extension clause in his contract.

Jaaskelainen has now made 417 Barclays Premier Legaue appearances.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the newly-promoted Premier League signing Bolton's goalkeeper