On deadline day in January 2019, the Club announced the signing of Håvard Nordtveit on loan from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim until 30th June 2019.
A versatile player who can operate at centre-back or in midfield, Nordtveit adds further Premier League experience to the Fulham squad, having spent a season with West Ham United.
Nordtveit had his first taste of senior football in his native Norway in August 2006 when he became FK Haugesund’s youngest ever player at the age of 16.
A year later – having been personally scouted by Arsene Wenger – Nordtveit joined Arsenal, and during four years as a Gunners player took in loan spells with UD Salamanca, Lillestrøm SK and FC Nürnberg.
After impressing during his season on loan in Germany, he returned to the Bundesliga six months later when he agreed a permanent transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
During his five full seasons at the club, Mönchengladbach secured three top four finishes, peaking when they ended the 2014/15 campaign in third place, and he then featured in all six of their UEFA Champions League matches the following term.
After making 187 appearances – in which time he scored 12 goals and laid on a further 11 assists – Nordtveit returned to London when Slaven Bilic signed him for West Ham.
In his sole season with the Irons, Nordtveit made 21 appearances in all competitions as they secured an 11th place finish in the Premier League.
He then moved back to Germany in a big money deal, helping Hoffenheim to a third place Bundesliga finish in his maiden season with the club, and he departs having appeared for them 34 times.
Nordtveit made his senior international debut for Norway aged 20 in a 1-0 win over Lithuania in 2011, in a side captained by Brede Hangeland and which also featured John Arne and Bjorn Helge Riise. Nordtveit now has 45 caps and two goals to his name.
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