Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS, who finished third in the Bundesliga with 19 goals for Borussia Dortmund for the 2009-10 campaign, plays the ball just before the challenge from 1.FC Nuremberg’s on-loan Norway U-21 international defender HAVARD NORDTVEIT (4) at the EasyCredit Stadion, long known as the Frankenstadion, last spring in Bavaria. (Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH, sitting 18th and last in the Bundesliga, have added a second defender during the Winterpause as Norway U-21 international HAVARD NORDTVEIT has been nabbed from English Premier League club FC Arsenal for reported transfer fee of 900,000 Euros.
Nordtveit has been on the books at Arsenal since July of 2007 when signed from Norwegian outfit FK Haugesund in exchange for 500,000 English pounds. The 20-year-old, however, never did get a first team game for the Gunners. Arsenal sent the youngster out on loan to UD Salamanca in the Spanish Segunda Division for what supposed to be a six-month loan period to to begin the 2008-09 season.
Nordtveit was recalled to London by Arsenal in late October, ahead of schedule, after appearing just three times for Salamanca; the defender was sent out on another six-month loan in March of 2009, this time to SK Lillestrom in the Norwegian Premier League, for whom Nordtveit played 15 games.
At the conclusion of that assignment, Arsenal arranged a one-year loan deal and Nordtveit departed to join Bundesliga club 1.FC Nuremberg for the 2009-10 campaign; the Norwegian appeared in 19 games (14 starts) and scored no goals, mostly deployed as a defensive midfielder in the German top flight last term.