Slaven Bilic admits interest in reportedly West Ham-bound Havard Nordtveit

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has confirmed West Ham's interest in signing Borussia Monchengladbach ace Havard Nordtveit.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has been quoted by The Guardian as saying that he wants to sign midfielder Havard Nordtveit from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Gladbach confirmed on their official website earlier this week that Nordtveit, 25, has decided to leave the club when his contract expires this summer, and speculation has been suggesting that he is on his way to West Ham.

The Daily Mail claimed on Sunday that Nordtveit has already agreed terms with West Ham, and will join the club on a free transfer in July, when his Gladbach deal ends.

The Norway international had a spell with Arsenal earlier in his career, but left in January 2011 in search of first-team football with Gladbach. Now, with almost 200 appearances to his name with the Bundesliga side, Nordtveit appears set for a return to England, with the Olympic Stadium possibly his destination.

Now, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has been speaking ahead of this weekend's trip to face Chelsea, and was asked about the situation surrounding Nordtveit and a possible move to East London.

Bilic, as quoted by The Guardian, stated that he thinks Nordtveit is a 'very good player', and is interested in signing him on a free transfer this summer.

Bilic noted that other English clubs are keen on Nordtveit, but the Croatian will be hoping that the defensive midfielder chooses West Ham over Premier League rivals.

"I can only say that of course we are monitoring the player," said Bilic. "He is out of contract and he is a very good player – many clubs are monitoring him. Almost all of the Bundesliga want him to stay there because he is a great professional and he is the captain of Borussia Mönchengladbach."

"They are a big club and were in the Champions League with Manchester City. It is not only Bundesliga clubs but many clubs in England we have heard want him as well. We are also interested in him," he added.

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