Arsene Wenger spent several years trying to develop Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit into a starting-caliber player, but neither extensive time with the reserves nor loan spells across Europe could bring Nordtveit to where Wenger wanted him. He was sold in 2010 and spent his last six years with Borussia Monchengladbach. Now though, Nordtveit is getting a chance to make a name for himself by returning to London.
According to The Sun, West Ham United have agreed to sign Nordtveit – who now plays as a defensive midfielder – to a five-year deal.
In three years for Arsenal, Nordveit never made a first-team appearance for the club but was a captain of the reserve team for a period. Despite Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to let him go, he sold Nordtveit to the Bundesliga giants in 2010.
Nordtveit was a star for Borussia M’Gladbach this season as they finished fourth in the league to secure a Champions League berth, scoring four goals in 39 appearances in all competitions. He has been capped 28 times for Norway and has two goals for his national team.