West Ham have completed the signing of midfielder Havard Nordtveit, the club confirmed via their official website.
Nordtveit will complete his move to West Ham on July 1, after his contract with Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach expires.
The club statement read that they were 'delighted' to sign Nordtveit on a free transfer, claiming to have beaten off competition from several top European sides to clinch his signature, with co-chairman David Gold expressing his delight.
I am delighted that Norway international midfielder Havard Nordtveit has join the Club on a 5 year contract. dg pic.twitter.com/A8t1G6FXcr— David Gold (@davidgold) May 16, 2016
Nordtveit has put pen to paper on a five year contract, and is familiar with London, having played in Arsenal's youth academy and even captaining their under-21 side on occasion, and is now a Norwegian international.
He is able to play in defence but his regular position is in a central midfield holding role, and he will potentially occupy the spot in the squad held by loanee Alex Song over the past two seasons.
His signing follows recent additions of Toni Martinez and Domingos Quina for the club's academy, and shows West Ham are acting quickly to get ahead of the game this summer as they seek to build on a successful first season under the management of Slaven Bilic.
Here is a look at how West Ham fans reacted on Twitter to the announcement...
Nordtveit is a decent signing for #whufc Very versatile defensive player, will help with frailties with injuries— Tom T4 (@Hi_ItsTom) May 16, 2016