The Premier League season has only just concluded but the annual summer of transfer madness is already in full swing with West Ham announcing their first signing in Havard Nordtveit.
A regular for Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, the Norway international is moving to the Olympic Stadium on a free transfer.
Nordtveit is turning his back on Champions League football with Die Fohlen to sign for Slaven Bilic’s team and play in the Premier League and comes highly regarded by pundits at home and abroad.
Here is everything you need to know about the midfielder.
Though Nordtveit has moved to West Ham to play Premier League football, he came close to doing exactly that during his younger days as a youth star on Arsenal’s books.
Brought to the Emirates from Haugesund, for £500,000, Nordtveit spent three years on the books at the Emirates without making a single first-team appearance
If You Love Somebody
Despite impressing for the Arsenal reserve and youth sides, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ultimately opted to let the Norwegian leave the club so that he could play more first-team football.
Having shone while on loan at fellow German side Nurnberg, Nordtveit was snapped up by Borussia Monchengladbach, for a bargain £800,000.
Meet Mr Versatile
Despite starting his career as a centre-back, Nordtveit has been deployed further forward in recent years as a defensive or central midfielder with Gladbach.
Foot like a Traction Engine
A ball-winning midfielder by trade, the 25-year-old is also capable of shooting from distance and has bagged a couple of memorable goals from long range during his time in the Bundesliga.
Own Goals and Gaffs
A competent player who rarely makes a mistake on the ball, Nordtveit was nevertheless involved in a hilarious own goal during his time with Gladbach.
Seeing Red or Yellow
Nordtveit is a highly disciplined defensive player who rarely rushes into a tackle. In 198 professional appearances to date, for example, he has picked up just 19 yellow cards and a single straight red – an excellent record for someone playing in his position.
A Bit of Hammers History
The 25-year-old is only the second Norwegian in the history of the Premier League to play for West Ham.
The first was defender Ragnvald Soma, who arrived from Bryne but made just seven largely forgettable appearances before returning to the club from which he came.
That run included an appearance, from the substitute’s bench, in West Ham’s famous 1-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United hat included THAT Paolo Di Canio goal.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.