Kevin Nolan believes West Ham United have signed a top-class goalkeeper in Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Hammers captain knows exactly what Jaaskelainen can do, having spent ten years playing in front of the Finn at Bolton Wanderers.

The pair shared great times at the Reebok Stadium, achieving promotion to the Premier League, reaching the League Cup final and twice competing in the UEFA Cup.

Having lined up in the same team more than 300 times for the Trotters, Nolan believes Jaaskelainen possesses the experience and ability to help West Ham to consolidate their place in the Barclays Premier League.

"Obviously Jussi's record speaks for itself," he told West Ham TV. "When we were at Bolton and were at our height finishing in the top-eight in four straight seasons, he was probably easily worth 12 points a season to us and that was just in games that he won for us on his own by pulling off saves when our backs were against the wall.

"He is that type of keeper who can pull of great saves. He is a good lad to have around the place too.

"There was no-one more disappointed than me to see Rob Green go. I was close to him and consider him a good friend and we've stayed in touch. I wish him well in his move but was disappointed not to see him stay because it would have been interesting to see those two going at it for the No1 jersey.

"Jussi is someone the gaffer knows really well and I'm sure he'll warm the West Ham fans' hearts quickly because he is that type of player and character."

Kevin Nolan

Nolan was also pleased to see the Hammers acquire Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame following his departure from Wigan Athletic.

The pair have enjoyed a number of battles in the Barclays Premier League over the past few seasons and the skipper believes Diame will also prove to be a shrewd acquisition over the course of the season.

"I don't really know much of Mohamed but I've played against him and seen him on the TV. What I've seen of him over the past week is that he is a good lad who has mixed in with the boys and I'm sure he'll be a good signing for us.

"He seems a very good player and is a young kid - well, he's younger than me! I'm sure he's going to be a very good player for us this season."

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