West Ham keeping tabs on Blackburn stopper

West Ham United have pinpointed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean as their long-term replacement for Jussi Jaaskelainen, says the Daily Mirror.

Boss Sam Allardyce is believed to be a big fan of the 22-year-old shot stopper, having snapped him up from Derby County when he was Rovers manager in 2009.

And with current ‘keeper Jaaskelainen now 38-years-old, the Hammers are keen to give him competition for the number one spot going into the new season.

Kean has recently ousted Paul Robinson as the club’s number one and has made 25 starts in the Championship this season.

Capped by England at under-20 level, the goalkeeper put in a stunning display against Arsenal in the FA Cup earlier this year, when Rovers won 1-0 at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Jaaskelainen has had a productive season himself, keeping 11 clean sheets in 36 Premier League matches with that form earning him a new one-year contract at Upton Park.

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