Bolton consider Jussi sale
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce is prepared to sell Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.Sam Allardyce is prepared to sell Jussi Jaaskelainen, if the Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper fails to sign a new contract.
Jaaskelainen's current deal runs until 2007 and the Finland international has been in protracted talks regarding an extension.
Skysports.com revealed last week that negotiations over a new deal have now been placed on hold until the end of the season.
There is one sticking point in the talks, with the impasse leaving Trotters boss Allardyce to mull over the validity of selling Jaaskelainen.
The 30-year-old has long been linked with Arsenal and Allardyce concedes he could offload the keeper either in January, or next summer.
Allardyce confirmed the problem with the contract talks and admits the club can not afford to lose Jaaskelainen for nothing.
"It is true we have not resolved our contract negotiations with Jussi," Allardyce told the club's official website.
"The situation is one that looks like it might not be resolved from a legal point of view.
"There is a stand-off in terms of a legality of a contract that other players have signed here.
"At the moment, he doesn't want to sign, and we don't believe that we should give him something different to what other players have signed here.
"Jussi is a valuable asset and if he isn't going to sign his contract, then the club may wish to cash in at some stage.
"That could be in January or at the end of the season if we have not resolved the situation."
The arrival of Ali Al-Habsi could also have a bearing on Allardyce's decision about Jaaskelainen, as the Oman keeper is tipped to make a big impact in The Premiership.