Keeper Ruud Boffin ready to take West Ham chance

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New West Ham United goalkeeper Ruud Boffin claims he is ready for the challenge of playing in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Belgian shot-stopper joined the Hammers from Dutch side MVV Maastricht on transfer deadline day.

Boffin impressed manager Avram Grant during a summer trial and is relishing the opportunity to challenge Robert Green for the number one jersey.

Speaking after keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 reserve team win over Leicester City on Tuesday, he told the club's official website:"I am very happy to be here. It is a great opportunity for me to come and play here.

"I had been training here before at Chadwell Heath. I was here for four days and I had a game.

"Things then happened very quickly on the day I signed and we had just two-and-a-half hours for the paperwork. I had to wait until the last day but it all happened.

"I like the atmosphere here and it is a very nice group. I will learn a lot from playing with Robert and under (goalkeeping coach) David Coles.

"It is going to be a big challenge for me but I am ready."

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