Tuesday 19 June 2012

West Ham secure Jaaskelainen deal

Experienced former Bolton Wanderers keeper moves to Upton Park on one-year deal

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen spent 15 seasons with Bolton Wanderers

West Ham United have signed experienced Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The 37-year-old made 371 appearances in the Premier League during 15 seasons with the Trotters.

Jaaskelainen has agreed personal terms with the Hammers on a one-year contract with an option for a second year - and he will move to Upton Park at the expiry of his Bolton deal on June 30th.

The Finnish stopper opted not to stay at Bolton following their relegation at the end of the 2011/12 season.

"It's a great new challenge and I'm really looking forward to it"
- Jussi Jaaskelainen

Jaaskelainen told West Ham's website he was delighted to be joining the Hammers.

"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.

"I appreciate Bolton giving me permission to speak to West Ham before my contract was up and for the efforts the chairman made in trying to get me to stay.

"I would like to thank the fans for all their support over the years and I wish the players and, in particular, Owen Coyle all the best in gaining promotion at the first attempt."

Former Finland international Jaaskelainen joined Bolton in the summer of 1997 and as well as making more than 500 appearances in all competitions for the club, he won 56 caps for his country.

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Key Points

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen agrees terms with West Ham United
  • Veteran keeper leaves Bolton Wanderers after 15 seasons
  • Finnish stopper has signed a one-year contract