West Ham's reported capture of Havard Nordtveit is a great first step in tricky transfer window for Bilic

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West Ham United will have a tough task improving on what they already have this summer.

According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s defensive midfielder Havard Nordtveit this summer.

The 21-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and having chosen not to sign a new deal in Germany, it is being claimed he will move to the Hammers.

While we await confirmation from the club themselves, if West Ham have indeed agreed a deal for the Norwegian international it shows manager Slaven Bilic is dealing with a potentially tricky second summer transfer window well.

The problem for West Ham is ensuring the signings they make this year are better than the players they already have – an issue when you consider the ability of the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Ogbonna and Michail Antonio.

However, Nordtveit would be a significant step in the right direction as he would seemingly be brought in as a replacement for the on-loan Alex Song, a player who is not the force he once was.

Three years Song’s junior and arguably reaching the peak of his career, Nordtveit would bring with him plenty of experience having featured 179 times for Monchengladbach to date.

There is still a long way to go before West Ham’s upcoming transfer window can be viewed in the same light as last summer’s, but Nordtveit would bring something to the table. The trick now is to sign the players they will need to take the next step, both domestically and potentially in the Champions League.

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