West Ham are very close to signing Borussia Mönchengladbach defensive midfielder, Håvard Nordtveit, according to 'Evening Standard'.
The Hammers are looking to sign the midfielder as a replacement for Alex Song, who they will not look to sign on a permanent deal with West Ham come the end of the season, after his second loan spell at the club, from Barcelona.
Nordtveit has been a key member of a Mönchengladbach side, which finished 3rd in the German Bundesliga last season, behind Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg, a very respectable finish in one of Europe's top leagues.
However, this will not be the 25-year-old Norwegian's first stint in England, he started his career in the youth ranks at Arsenal, however, the most that he featured for the Gunners was in the final game of the 2007–08 season, when he was named on the substitutes' bench against Sunderland and given the shirt number 55.
Nordtveit had already confirmed his intention to depart Monchengladbach and return to England, which sparked initial interest from West Ham, who will be looking to bolster their squad in the Summer, with the prospect of European football looking likely next season.
Monchengladbach also made the move seem more likely as they have confirmed the signing of Strobl a replacement, with the 25-year-old set to arrive from 1899 Hoffenheim on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Hammers boss, Slaven Bilic, has confirmed West Ham’s interest in signing Nordtveit, who will be available as a free agent when his contract with the Bundesliga side expires at the end of the summer.
He has recently told the club website: “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'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.”