TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Håvard Nordtveit from West Ham United on a five-year deal.
Although the fee remains undisclosed, Transfermarkt have the initial fee down as €2.3 million.
There’s no doubt that Hoffenheim have a great coup in Nordtveit – who has plenty of experience in the Bundesliga. A combined 171 appearances in Germany’s top flight for 1. FC Nürnburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Norwegian is the likely replacement for Sebastian Rudy who has signed for Bayern Munich.
“I obviously know the Bundesliga very well from my years at Gladbach and I’m convinced I will be able to make the impact that TSG are hoping for. Hoffenheim’s playing style and [director of football] Alex [Rosen] and [coach] Julian’s [Nagelsmann] extensive efforts to bring me to the club were decisive factors in reaching a decision,” Nordtveit told the club’s website.
Sporting director Alexander Rosen added: “He is much more than just a strong addition to our squad on a sporting level. Havard is also a big personality off the pitch. Without his willingness to make a personal financial sacrifice, this transfer would never have been possible.
“Despite having already played at the highest level in the Bundesliga for a number of years, his development is by no means over. He is thoroughly convinced that working under Julian will be able to help him further improve his game.”