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West Ham confirm deal for Danish defender Lars Jacobsen

By Frank Keogh

Lars Jacobsen
Jacobsen played in all three Denmark games at the 2010 World Cup

West Ham have confirmed they have completed the signing of Danish right-back Lars Jacobsen from Blackburn.

The move was sealed late on transfer deadline day and was approved by the Premier League on Wednesday.

Jacobsen, 30, has earned 35 caps for Denmark and played 16 times for Blackburn since arriving in June 2009.

The Hammers, who are without a win this season, have also signed Belgian keeper Ruud Boffin from Dutch side MVV Maastricht on a two-year contract.

Hammers boss Avram Grant, whose side have leaked nine goals in their opening three Premier League games, had made recruiting a new right-back a priority.

Sam Allardyce signed Jacobsen for Blackburn on a free transfer from Everton, where his appearances were limited by a shoulder injury.

The defender started his career at Danish side Odense and has also played for Hamburg, FC Copenhagen and Nuremberg.


Jacobsen played in all three of Denmark's matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where they beat Cameroon but lost out on qualification from the group stage to the Netherlands and Japan.

"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," said West Ham owner David Sullivan.

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