talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has all the info on the much talked about Vegard Forren, who Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons is good enough for Man United.
Name: Vegard Forren
Born: Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
International: Full Norway international
What's the latest?
We were led to believe Liverpool were showing Forren around their Merseyside training pad, jumping ahead of Everton and Fulham in the queue to sign the 24-year-old. However, the Norway international has apparently changed his mind and reports that he is Southampton-bound are now doing the rounds. Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wanted to speak to the player and see him in training, but that the club have not made a bid. It seems now the Saints will take advantage and show the player a bit more love than Liverpool.
Did you know?
1) Forren is a strong, left-footed centre-back, hailed by many media outlets in Norway as the best defender in the country's top tier, the Tippeligaen. Many in the country are excited that they now look to have a player on a par with Fulham's Brede Hangeland and capable of mixing it with the best in Europe.
2) Despite Solskjaer claiming he is good enough for United, former Liverpool and Norway defender Vegard Heggem (@vedgy) tweeted that he wasn't sure Forren was good enough for Liverpool, though he admitted it would be an exciting signing, should it come off. Heggem, who played 65 times for the Reds between 1998 and 2003 - when injury forced him to retire - did have some praise for the Molde man. “Forren: tough player, loves to get stuck in. Reads the game well, good passer of the ball. But: unproven at top int. level,” he said.
3) Since making his Norway debut against Thailand in January 2012, Forren has won additional four caps. He did well in the World Cup qualifiers in October, first in helping shackle the Swiss talents of Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in a 1-1 draw, then beating Cyprus 3-1.
4) At club level, Forren has gained further experience of playing against other European clubs following Molde's participation in the Europa League group stage, playing against Stuttgart, Heerenveen, Copenhagen and Steaua Bucharest.
5) It seems Forren has his heart set on a move to the Premier League, wherever it may be, after turning down the chance to move to Belgian side Club Brugge in December.
What is being said?
“Playing in the Premier League would of course be a big challenge if I get the chance. It’s a different pace of football. But I have developed a lot through good experiences in the Europa League and with the national team. It gives me confidence that I can perform in the Premier League.”
Would you be happy with the signing of Vegard Forren?