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West Ham have clinched the signing of Norway international Havard Nordtveit, Football Insider sources understand.
The midfield anchorman is set to join the Premier League club on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer.
Nordtveit, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, has decided to end his five-year spell at the Bundesliga club to move to east London.
Nordtveit, who has won 26 Norway caps, has been a regular for Monchengladbach this season, making 31 appearances in all competitions.
The 25-year-old spent four years in the Arsenal youth team set-up before moving to Germany in 2011.
Monchengladbach issued a statement on Monday night that read: “Havard Nordtveit is leaving Borussia in the summer after five and half years.
“The Norwegian’s contract is expiring at the end of the season, with Borussia not prolonging it as he goes to England.”
Nordtveit followed up by admitting that he had a deal in place to join a new club, although he went no further than saying his new employers were based in England.
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.”
Nordtveit, who has also played for Haugesund, Salamanca, Lillestrom and Nuremberg, added: “I’m just 25 years old and I now have the chance to take my career in a new direction and start a new adventure.
“It hurts to leave Gladbach but it’s not a decision against Borussia, but rather for something new.”
Asked by the club’s official website if there were many club interested in him, Nordtveit replied: “Yes, but I left the discussions to my agent as I wanted to concentrate on playing for Borussia.
“I was in England for a bit to talk with the manager of my new club. I’d like to thank Max Eberl, who has fought hard for me and made my decision very hard.”
In other Liverpool transfer news, Mario Gotze has revealed he is in regular contract with his former manager Jurgen Klopp.