Nordtveit makes switch to Craven Cottage
Havard Nordtveit has joined Fulham on loan for the rest of the season from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
Claudio Ranieri was eager to bring in at least one signing on deadline-day and the Italian tactician has managed to acquire the services of midfielder Nordtveit, who can also play in defence, on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The 28-year-old has experience of playing in the Premier League, having spent time at Arsenal and West Ham United, and is looking forward to the challenge of trying to keep the Cottagers up.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com, Nordtveit said: "I'm really happy to have the opportunity to come back to the Premier League and hopefully help Fulham to a safe place. That would be a something that I would put high on my list in my career.
"The situation Fulham is in now, it's more or less the same that Borussia Monchengladbach was in when I went to them from Arsenal. They were down the bottom of the table, a much worse situation, eight points off a safe place, and we made it.
"It's a feeling that I want again because it's a feeling you can't get anywhere else, just on a football pitch."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.