Whilst the 2016/17 campaign remains some way off for Slaven Bilic and his determined side right in the here and now – especially with the Hammers looking to enjoy every last morsel of Boleyn Ground action before the current season finally comes to a natural end – it seems West Ham United have already set their summer plans into action with the upcoming signing of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Havard Nordtveit.
The 25-year-old Norwegian defensive midfielder, who has indeed represented his country at international level on several different occasions by now, will seemingly arrive in England after his current contract amid the German Bundesliga eventually expires with the final culmination of the 2015/16 campaign.
So then, on the back of what looks to be a rather promising free transfer for the Hammers this season, will Havard Nordtveit ultimately hit the ground running with West Ham next term, or must Slaven Bilic’s side continue to strengthen in the run up to West Ham’s hotly anticipated move to London’s Olympic Stadium in the summer?
Well, as the Norwegian international has seemingly established himself as a mainstay component during Borussia Monchengladbach’s successful league campaign, perhaps the Hammers have indeed completed a rather shrewd capture here after all.
The 25-year-old midfielder has carved out a relatively impressive reputation down at the Borussia-Park in 2015/16 truth be told, even if Nordtveit remains something of an unknown entity outside the realms of the German Bundesliga.
The versatile utility man – who can also slot in pretty effectively at centre-back for his respective manager in the modern era – may ring a few bells in and around the current Emirates faithful this term however, for although Havard Nordtveit certainly failed to establish himself down in North London just a handful of short seasons ago, the recently emerged West Ham target nonetheless enjoyed a brief – yet largely uneventful – stint with Arsenal during the very early stages of his footballing career.
Such an outcome could therefore offer a personalised insight into what Nordtveit really has to offer the Hammers going into next season. Via his tough brand of tackling in the middle of the park, excellent positional sense and high concentration levels throughout the entire 90 minutes – as well as a keen ability to find the back of the net in some style every now and then – this is a player West Ham fans certainly have genuine reason to be excited about this summer.
Although his may indeed fail to represent that all-important marquee signing Hammers fans want to see at their club during their first season at London’s Olympic Stadium, Havard Nordtveit will clearly serve to strengthen Slaven Bilic’s current options right in the here and now, which can only signal promising signs for West Ham United in this undoubtedly enticing stage in the club’s history.
Yet whilst Nordtveit’s likely upcoming summer capture may symbolise positive steps for the Hammers in general, his possible arrival could nonetheless mean that Alex Song may be forced to find a new club for the 2016/17 campaign.
For one reason or another, the current Barcelona loanee has failed to tie down a first team place in Slaven Bilic’s side this season – and as Havard Nordtveit would go down as yet another defensive midfielder for the West Ham fans to think about next term – perhaps the Cameroonian international has already come to the end of the road with his current club.
Each of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang have all served to impress in-front of the Upton Park faithful in 2015/16 after all. Because Alex Song hasn’t looked entirely fit throughout the vast majority of the current campaign, perhaps Nordtveit will ultimately be stepping in to replace the 28-year-old midfielder.
Even with Song’s potential departure from the Hammers in mind however, 25-year-old Havard Nordtveit still seemingly represents a promising signing for Slaven Bilic this season, with a succession of equally exciting stars also likely to follow the Norwegian international on his way to West Ham in the not too distant future.