West Ham United set to sign former Arsenal midfielder as Slaven Bilic targets Champions League spot

With most teams preparing for next season’s campaign, identifying players in order to beat other suitors is a common factor at this stage of the 2015/2016 season. We’ve already witnessed this from a managerial perspective as Manchester City confirmed in January that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.

West Ham United have had a remarkable season under the guidance of Slaven Bilic and are currently chasing a place in next season’s Champions League. With the Olympic stadium move next season on the horizon, the future looks bright for the Hammers.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that former Arsenal holding midfielder Havard Nordtveit is set to join West Ham on a free transfer in the summer after rejecting a new contract at current club Borussia Monchengladbach. Bilic is already looking at new players, it seems, and in going for a player with Champions League experience, the pursual of Nordtveit looks like Bilic means business when it comes to qualifying for the big European competition next season.

The 25 year old defensive midfielder, who can also play as a centre half, has reportedly had plenty of people interested in his services including former club Arsenal and La Liga side Atletico Madrid. For West Ham to beat competition of that quality illustrates the ambition shown by the club for their first season in their iconic new stadium.