Havard Nordtveit has refuted claims he only joined West Ham because of the money, after reports he is now the highest-paid Norwegian player ever.
The 26-year-old spent three years at Arsenal from 2007 to 2010 after being scouted by Arsene Wenger before a number of loans spells ahead of a permanent transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2011.
And after four years in the Bundesliga, Nordtveit felt the time was right for a new challenge, especially when West Ham registered an interest in his services.
Speaking to VG in Norway, the player explained: "It was a dream. I did not go there because of the money. I went there because they wanted me. I talked to Slaven Bilic and he had a plan that I could never say no to.
"I came from Germany and felt that I had done most for five and a half years of the Champions League, Europa League and relegation battle. Then I would try something else."
Nordtveit has made five appearances for the Hammers in all competitions thus far.