This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Back in July 2016, West Ham United managed to pick up Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, per Transfermarkt. The defender was a Norwegian international who has now made 52 appearances for his country, and this plus the fact that he was playing in a top division in Germany made it look like he would be a very solid transfer for the club.
He was clearly held in high regard when he was starting his career as he managed move to Mönchengladbach from Arsenal’s reserves, per Transfermarkt, and so supporters of the Hammers would have been quite excited to see the player come to the club.
He managed a season at the club, playing in 22 games, with 16 coming in the Premier League, keeping eight clean sheets and also picking up one assist along the way.
It wasn’t the best season, but he was seen as a good player to have in the squad, which was highlighted by the amount of appearances he had. However if a right offer for him was made then they would be happy to let him go.
Exactly that happened when Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim were clearly impressed with the player as they put in a bid of around £7.20 million for the player, per Transfermarkt, and the Hammers allowed the defender to depart.
All-in-all, Nordtveit was a solid defender for the club, but after signing him on a free transfer, they would not have expected to have been able to make so much money on him. £7.2m profit after just 16 appearances – it was a great bit of business for the club.
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