Havard Nordtveit confirms England move, explains talks with new boss

Havard Nordtveit has admitted that he will leave Borussia Monchengladbach for a so far unnamed Premier League side, believed to be West Ham.

Borussia Monchengladbach star Havard Nordtveit has told the club's official website that he is signing for a club in England, with West Ham believed to be that club.

Nordtveit, 25, has already had one spell in England having joined Arsenal from Haugesund back in 2007, but having failed to break into the Gunners' first team, he moved on to Gladbach in January 2011.

Now with almost 200 appearances to his name for Monchengladbach, Nordtveit has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the Bundesliga, as well as becoming a key player for the Norwegian national team team.

Unfortunately for Gladbach, Nordtveit's contract expires this summer, and reports from the Daily Mail claim that he has already agreed to join West Ham United on a free transfer in July, giving himself another opportunity at success in the Premier League.

Nordtveit has now tackled the reports, admitting to Gladbach's official website that he is leaving the club this summer and has agreed to sign for an unnamed English club, believed to be West Ham.

The defensive midfielder stated that he will wait for his new team to announce the deal, but he is excited to have another chance in English football - and revealed that he has already been to England to talk with the manager of his new club.

"I'd like to leave it to my new team to announce, which we've agreed with regards to the current situation," said Nordtveit. "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 again. However, 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."

"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. I'll still give everything in my remaining games here so that Borussia can compete in Europe next year. Preferably in the Champions League, but Europa League qualification would also be a superb result," he added.

If that was Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, then Nordtveit will have surely been impressed with one of the most charismatic and intriguing managers in English football, with the Croatian no doubt able to sell a move to East London to the midfielder.

A versatile player who can also play at right back or centre back, Nordtveit is young yet experienced, and will be arriving on a free transfer - making his a potentially perfect deal for West Ham.

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