West Ham United are pleased to confirm that vastly-experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has agreed personal terms with the Club.
The former Finland international has played more than 500 games in English football since joining Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 1997.
The 37-year-old, who has been capped 56 times by his country, has agreed personal terms with the Hammers on a one-year contract with an option for a second year and will move to the Boleyn Ground at the expiry of his Trotters deal on 30 June.
Jaaskelainen will be the second goalkeeper to move to the Club this summer following the arrival of Stephen Henderson. With the Hammers preparing for life in the Barclays Premier League, the pair are expected to be the first of a host of exciting new signings.
The goalkeeper played more than 100 games for Mikkelin Palloilijat and Vaasan Palloseura in his native Finland before joining Bolton in 1997 for a fee of just £100,000.
After helping Sam Allardyce's side gain promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs in 2001, the 6'3 tall stopper helped to establish Bolton as a top-flight force during the past decade, achieving four consecutive top-eight finishes between 2003/04 and 2006/07.
Jaaskelainen was also instrumental in helping the Lancashire club to finish as 2004 League Cup runners-up and twice reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup. While at the Reebok Stadium, the Finn played regularly alongside the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey O'Brien and Matt Taylor.
In all, Jaaskelainen made 371 Premier League appearances for Bolton and was voted the club's Player of the Year in 2007. The same year, he was also voted Finnish Footballer of the Year.
Jaaskelainen said: "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. 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."
Keep an eye on whufc.com for Jussi's exclusive first interview since agreeing terms with the Hammers.