By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have agreed terms with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for Havard Nordtveit to leave east London after just one year, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
A statement on the Hammers’ official website on Tuesday afternoon announced that the 26-year-old midfield enforcer had completed a transfer back to Germany for an undisclosed fee.
Nordtveit was signed by West Ham just last summer from Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer where he agreed a five-year deal.
However, he ended up playing just 16 times in the Premier League in his single season at the club with manager Slaven Bilic choosing to play him out of position as a right-back on a number of occasions.
The 32-time capped Norway international will now be looking to recapture his form in Germany, which is where he has previously excelled.
West Ham, meanwhile will be looking for a much better summer window than last year’s as they look to make their way back into a European competitions.
Football Insider verdict:
For whatever reason it simply has not worked for Nordtveit in England. He may just not be suited to the fast pacing and physicality of the English game, as he had also previously failed to make an impact at London rivals Arsenal. He can now go back to a much slower game in the Bundesliga and he will be hoping to put the last season behind him soon. Bilic, meanwhile will be looking to strengthen his team further this summer and the midfield area could be a place to look at. However, with duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang there simply wouldn’t have been a place for Nordtveit in the starting line-up in the next campaign.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are looking to employ a twice successful negotiating tactic to land this Premier League man.