Hoffenheim have bolstered their midfield ahead of a maiden UEFA Champions League campaign with the signing of Norway international Havard Nordtveit from West Ham United.

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Nordtveit has put pen to paper on a five-year deal in Sinsheim.

"After my time in Gladbach, I know the Bundesliga as well as anyone," said Nordtveit upon the announcement of the transfer. "I know that I can bring out what Hoffenheim expect of me."

"We've found someone who gives us plenty more options in our game," said Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. "He brings the characteristics appropriate for a centre-back in a three- or a four-man defence, but he can also play in holding midfield to a high level."

"This is more than just a footballing addition," said Alexander Rosen, Hoffenheim’s sporting director. "Havard is a real leader off the field, and without his willingness to take a salary cut, this transfer would never have been possible for us."

Nordveit spent a season in East London after joining the Hammers from Borussia Mönchengladbach in summer 2016. The 26-year-old had spent the six previous seasons at the BORUSSIA-PARK, making 164 Bundesliga appearances in that time.

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