West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit has joined Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee, ending any chance of an Arsenal return this summer.
The 26-year-old, who joined United from Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer in July 2016, struggled to nail down a regular spot under Slaven Bilic, making just 11 Premier League starts last season.
Nordtveit was a transfer target for Arsenal just months before making the West Ham switch, but his return to the Premier League hadn’t gone to plan.
The Norwegian international was at Arsenal between 2008 and 2011 before a long stay in the German Bundesliga saw him develop into a talented midfielder.
After five years in Germany he came back to the top-flight but struggled for game time and form as West Ham struggled for results. As reported by the Evening Standard, he’s now on his way back to his adopted country to resurrect his career once more.
Nordtveit, who can also play centre-back and a host of other defensive roles, made just five Premier League appearances for West Ham in 2017.
He was an unused substitute on 12 occasions and missed a month with an ankle injury that halted game time in the New Year.