West Ham have completed their first summer signing of the summer in Bourissia Monchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit.
The 25-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year deal and will return to England having left Arsenal for Germany in 2010. Nordtveit can also operate as a central defender and becomes the Hammers’ second signing to join in July following the deal for the Valencia striker Toni Martinez. Nordveidt, 25, has impressed in the Bundesliga but will see his contract in Germany run out this summer. Monchengladbach wanted to extend the Norwegian’s deal while Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Atletico Madrid had made approaches but he was keen to return to the Premier League after previously leaving Arsenal as a young lad. With 28 caps for Norway, Nordtveit also brings European experience having played in the Champions League for Mönchengladbach this season.
Nordtveit told West Ham’s official website: ‘It has always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League and now I have a big opportunity to do it with West Ham. ‘I can’t wait to start. This team has something special and there’s something in the spirit of it that I can fit into. We will see – I’m going to work hard and hopefully I can have have some good moments with the club.’I came to Arsenal when I was 17 and from there I got a lot of first team experience in training and friendlies.’I sat on the bench in the Premier League, but never got a minute, so of course it’s something I’m dreaming of. Now I’m back, I’ve had five-and-a-half years in the Bundesliga. Hopefully that experience will help me to come into the game here’.