Lars Jacobsen completes West Ham transfer

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West Ham United have completed the signing of defender Lars Jacobsen from Blackburn Rovers following Premier League ratification.

The Hammers agreed a deal to sign the Denmark international ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline and Jacobsen has now been given permission to join the Upton Park club.

The 30-year-old full-back spent just one season at Ewood Park following a similar short stint at Everton the year before.

Meanwhile, the Hammers have also announced the signing of Belgian goalkeeper Ruud Boffin.

The 22-year-old has arrived from Dutch outfit MVV Maastricht on a two-year contract.

"We have combined youth with experience this window and are pleased with the work we have done, even in these challenging times for the club," chairman David Sullivan told the club's official website.

"Half of our eight signings are 23 or under and we are confident they can become major players for the club, while the other four have a wealth of international experience."

Thomas Hitzlsperger, Tal Ben Haim, Winston Reid, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna were the other players to arrive at Upton Park during the summer transfer window.

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