Bradford to seal Jussi Jaaskelainen transfer coup

Jussi Jaaskelainen places the ball

HITC Sport understands League One promotion chasers win the race to land veteran goalkeeper formerly of Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United.

Bradford City have won the race to sign Finnish veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

HITC Sport revealed that a host of clubs in both the Championship and League One had been in talks to land the former Bolton Wanderers star, but now he has opted for a move to Valley Parade.

Jaaskelainen has agreed terms and Bradford are expected to confirm his signing before the weekend, and he represents a major coup for Bantams boss Phil Parkinson.

It is the first time in 15 years that Jaaskelainen will have not played in the top-flight, having spent the last three seasons with Premier League West Ham – making 60 appearances for the club but gradually slipping out of favour as Adrian took charge of starting duties at the Boleyn Ground.

He was released at the end of his contract with the Hammers at the start of the summer.

Prior to his spell in east London, the 40-year-old shot-stopper spent 15 years with Bolton, racking up 527 appearances for the club – with the vast majority of those coming in the top-flight.

Jaaskelainen has now dropped down to League One in order to secure regular first-team football and will be hoping to support a promotion push in 2015/16.

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