West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that he is interested in signing former Arsenal midfielder Harvard Nordtveit this summer when his contract at Borussia Monchengladbach expires.
The 25-year-old has confirmed he will be leaving the Bundesliga club and now has a host of European clubs vying for his signature, including West Ham United.
‘I can only say that of course we are monitoring the player – he is a really good player,’ Bilic said when asked about Nordtveit interest.
But Bilic has warned fans not to get their hopes up, with several top clubs also looking to sign the midfielder:
‘He is out of contract. Many clubs are interested in him – almost all of the Bundesliga want him to stay there because he is a great professional, great player and he is the captain of Borussia Monchengladbach.
‘They are a big club; they were in the Champions League with Man City last season. It is not only Bundesliga clubs but many clubs in England we have heard want him as well. We are also interested in him.’
Looking at how Nordtveit compares to West Ham’s current central midfield options, it’s obvious where his strengths lie. His passing statistics draw close comparisons to Noble, who is the deep lying playmaker for the Hammers. But standing at 6ft 2’ Nordtveit also excels in his aerial duels, winning an average of 2.81 every game. It would be fair to say that his interceptions and tackles won rates are a little too low for a defensive midfielder, but that could partially be attributed to the fact that Monchengladbach spend a lot of the game dominating the opposition, so he may be required to tackle a lot less. Looking at his total duel success (not in picture), he has won over 50% in total; only Kouyate (54%) can better that. To conclude, the Norweigan midfielder is quite different to any of West Ham’s current crop, but the closest comparison and who he might replace in the team if signed is Noble. It may be worth noting that he is also a bit of a goal threat – scoring four this season and three of those coming from outside of the box.
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