The summer rumour mill continues to churn as Reading are linked with former Finland international Anssi Jaakkola who's been playing for South Africa's Ajax Cape Town. Jaakola has one cap for Finland back in 2011, though it's a game he'll probably want to forget as he shipped five goals to Sweden. A two-year stint at Kilmarnock followed where he made 14 appearances before he moved to South Africa and he's since clocked up 76 games as the Ajax Cape Town's number one. At 6'5" he's certainly got commanding presence!
The rumour comes from South African football expert and regular TTE contributor Joe Crann who's got a good track record of picking up transfer rumours.
Sounds like English Championship side, Reading, are planning to raid Ajax Cape Town for their 29-year-old Finnish 'keeper, Anssi Jaakkola.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) July 9, 2016
Given our Dutch revolution, the fact that it's Ajax's South African club immediately raises both the possibility of it being a genuine interest and at the same time it could easily be agent talk designed to get his name out there.
We spoke briefly to Joe about the keeper and the general review is that he's a solid keeper that played a big role in keeping ACT up last season and at 29 still has some time to improve.
While some might scoff at the idea of turning to a nearly thirty year old with limited impact in his club career to date, it's worth remembering that Marcus Hahnemann came to Reading at the same age having barely played a game since leaving the States and he didn't go on to have a bad stint at the Madejski.
The fact that the club have Ali Al-Habsi and Jonathan Bond on the books for this season and a bright crop of younger goalkeepers would make signing a keeper seem a little bit of a luxury, unless the plan is to get Bond out for the season and Jaap Stam wants some experienced back-up.
Here's your obligatory YouTube highlights video.
So what do you reckon folks? Good move or should we stick to what we've got?