West Ham set to seal double deal in huge boost to Bilic summer plans
By Wayne Veysey | Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 17 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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West Ham are closing in on the signings of emerging Spanish star Antonio Martinez and Norway international Havard Nordtveit.
The Hammers are confident of wrapping up both deals long before the summer transfer window opens.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Nordtveit has told West Ham he has decided to move to Upton Park after choosing them ahead of 12 other clubs keen on his signature.
The 25-year-old midfield anchorman is set to be joined at the club in the summer by Valencia sensation Martinez.
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Manager Slaven Bilic confirmed on Thursday that his club were confident of prising the 18-year-old striker from Spain.
“With Martinez we are quite close,” Bilic told talkSPORT on Thursday morning. “Terry Westley from the under-21s has done a tremendous job if we finish it. We are quite close to getting one of the brightest talents from Valencia.”
The Spain Under-19 international is expected to initially link up with Westley’s Under-21s squad at West Ham next season, while Nordtveit will be an immediate first-team contender.
The 25-year-old has already confirmed his intention 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.
Nordtveit, who has won 26 Norway caps, has been a regular for Monchengladbach this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions.
Nordtveit has admitted he has 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.”
In other West Ham news, Manuel Lanzini recently agreed a lucrative package after completing his transfer to Upton Park.