Fulham have completed the signing of Erik Nevland from FC Groningen.

The former Manchester United youngster has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Craven Cottage after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has been chasing the Norwegian striker all month and he believes he will prove a valuable addition to his squad as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Erik to Fulham,” Hodgson told the club’s official website. “He is a player that I know well and I am confident he will contribute to the squad to assist us in this, and further, campaigns.

“Erik has great attributes and played an important part in keeping FK Viking in the Norwegian First Division.

“After joining FC Groningen he quickly established himself as a firm favourite both with the fans, and with the management, and it has been no easy task securing his signature at Fulham.

“However, Erik’s desire to play in the Premier League and to find a new challenge has enabled us to bring him to the Club, and it is very pleasing that we have been able to do so.’

Nevland revealed he had to pay Groningen a fee to secure his move to Fulham and he is looking forward to playing in England again.

“I had to pay an amount myself to join Fulham,” Nevland told Aftenbladet.

“It’s great to get the chance to play in the Premier League again.

“I know Roy from before, but have only talked to him once on the phone as the squad has gone to Bolton. He told me he really wanted me.”