By London correspondent Tony Hughes 

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West Ham have completed the signing of Norway international Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer, the club announced on Monday.

Nordtveit, 25, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the east London club and will link up with them when they return to pre-season training.

The midfield anchorman confirmed his intention earlier this year to end his five-year Borussia Monchengladbach spell and return to England, where he spent four years with Arsenal at the outset of his career.

West Ham announced the permanent signing of Nordtveit on the club’s official Twitter account on Monday morning.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Nordtveit decided to move to Upton Park after choosing them ahead of 12 other clubs keen on his signature.

Nordtveit, who has won 26 Norway caps, has been a mainstay for Monchengladbach this season, making over 30 appearances in all competitions.

Nordtveit admitted in March he had a deal in place to join a new club, and, although he went no further than saying his new employers were based in England, Football Insider revealed he had an agreement with Slaven Bilic’s team.

He said: “I’d like to leave it to my new team to announce, which we’ve agreed with regards to the current situation.

“I can say, however, that I’m going back to England. I was there as a youngster, playing for Arsenal when I was 17, but I never made an appearance in the Premier League.

“England is the big goal for every footballer in Norway and I’d like to try it out.”

West Ham secured the signing of Nordtveit ahead of a string of other Premier League clubs, with Liverpool among those linked with him.