December 30, 2010

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) -- Struggling Borussia Moenchengladbach has moved to shore up its defense by signing Austrian Martin Stranzl and Norwegian player Havard Nordtveit.

Moenchengladbach said Thursday that former Stuttgart and 1860 Munich player Stranzl is joining from Spartak Moscow on a 2 1/2-year contract. It gave no details of the transfer deal for the 30-year-old.

The 20-year-old Nordtveit, who was previously under contract to Arsenal and spent last season on loan at Nuremberg, is joining on a free transfer and also getting a 2 1/2-year contract.

Moenchengladbach is bottom of the 18-team Bundesliga with 10 points and easily the division's worst defensive record. It has conceded 47 goals in 17 matches.

The club already has signed striker Mike Hanke from Hannover to enliven its attack.

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