Three Bundesliga clubs plot West Ham raid for 26-year-old flop - report
By Will Butcher
Havard Nordtveit could be set to end his West Ham nightmare prematurely with three Bundesliga clubs interested in his services, according to a report.
German outlet Kicker claim Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen are all eyeing a move for the 26-year-old, who has failed to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League this season.
The former Arsenal midfielder is still thought of highly in Germany’s top tier following his time with Borussia Monchengladbach, as he shone in the middle of the park for his former side.
That saw him earn a move to the London Stadium last summer on a free transfer, but he started just 11 Premier League matches after struggling to impress under Slaven Bilic.
With Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang above him in the central-midfield pecking order, the 30-time Norway international could be set to leave the London Stadium.
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A return to the Bundesliga is on the cards for Nordtveit, who first joined Gladbach in January 2011 and went on to make a huge 171 appearances in Germany’s top flight.
Able to play at right-back, centre-back or in centre midfield, Nordtveit still has four years remaining on his Hammers contract but could now wave goodbye to the London Stadium.
Football Insider verdict:
Nordtveit is just one of a number of disappointing signings made by manager Bilic last summer, and a complete overhaul is needed in east London. The likes of Jonathan Calleri, Gokhan Tore, Arthur Masuaku and Alvaro Arbeloa all struggled with the Hammers after signing on the dotted line in Stratford. Plummeting down the reckoning, Nordtveit should be offloaded on a permanent basis to raise funds for new recruits. A move would also benefit Nordtveit, as he looks to gain regular first-team football in order to prevent his career from sliding into a standstill.
In other West Ham transfer news, the agent of Manchester United ace Anthony Martial has had this to say over his future.