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Bolton hopeful of keeping Jaaskelainen

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Jussi Jaaskelainen has a decision to make © PA Photos
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Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle remains hopeful veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen will sign a new contract with the Championship club.

Jaaskelainen, 37, has been at Bolton since 1997, after joining from Vaasan Palloseura, but has fallen down the pecking order in recent months.

Adam Bogdan is currently Coyle's first-choice shot-stopper, but the Scottish coach is keen for the experienced Jaaskelainen to sign a new two-year deal at the Reebok Stadium.

"I want to make it clear that I want him to stay," Coyle told the Bolton News. "I had a very good chat with him last week and he knows my feelings on the matter.

"We know we have Adam, and that would give us two top keepers, but we want that strength in depth.

"We know how good a goalkeeper Jussi is, the fantastic service he's put in for Bolton over a number of years, and we have put an offer to him that we think is a good one.

"Jussi was disappointed when he lost his spot, and he was unlucky that it happened because of an injury but he knows how far Adam has come along.

"It's up to him now whether he wants to stay and challenge him, or move on."

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