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Hav that - West Ham land first summer signing

Filed: Friday, 11th March 2016
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are understood to have agreed a deal to sign Norwegian defensive midfielder Havard Nordtveit this summer.

The 25-year-old international, who currently plays for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach is set to replace on-loan Alex Song, who will almost certainly return to parent club Barcelona at the end of the season.

Nordtveit, who can play in several defensive positions has been linked with a string of Premier League clubs in recent months but it is West Ham who have won the race to capture the highly-rated BMG star.

Having began his career with local club FK Haugesund, Nordtveit moved to England in 2007 to join Arsenal - who paid 2m for his services - where he remained for the next three years.

But having failed to make a single first team appearance - the closest he came was being named as an unused substitute for the final game of the 2007/08 season - Nordtveit moved to BMG in a deal worth around 800,000.

He made his first team debut for Die Fohlen January 2011 since when the defensive midfielder has gone on to make in excess of 150 appearances for the German side, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga.

West Ham are set to land Nordtveit on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.

Nordtveit in action vs Schalke, from October 2015

Harvard Nordtveit: Season Stats

Matches Played: 31 (22 Bundesliga, 6 Champions League, 2 DFB Pokal, 1 International)
Goals Scored: 4
Assists: 1
Yellow/Red Cards: 3/0
Pass Success Rate: 82.7%
Average Rating: (Bundesliga) 6.90, (UCL) 6.54

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