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    Tor.NO wrote:

    I am from Molde, Liverpool Fc and Molde FK fan.

    I have seen 99% of the games (either live or via Web/TV) that Vegard Forren has played since joining us from KIL/Hemne,

    If this signing goes through, you truly must be saints. I rate him in quality close to national team CB partner Hangeland, though in style closer to LFC CB Agger.

    Forren's most apparent feature is the ability to break attacks/passes in front of the attackers, I'am surprised that media/experts has not pointed out. Yes, he is a good passer of the ball, fairly fast (not very), good at positioning, great in the air and a fearsome tackeler,

    He can play CB and LB, likely also defensive midfielder, given the chance, as he should be considered an attacking minded defensive player.

    I would have loved it if he would go to LFC and compete (read; complete) the likes og Skrtel and Agger, but Saints may prove to be a shorter way to the first 11 line-up.

    Lucky Bastards,
    Cheers for that ..... just hope the deal goes through .......... COYR !!!"
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Molde's Vegard Forren due in Southampton to discuss personal terms ahead of £4m transfer

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Saints are closing in on their first signing of the January transfer window with defender Vegard Forren expected in Southampton today to discuss personal terms ahead of a £4m move.

The Norwegian international was due to start a trial at Liverpool today ahead of a possible permanent switch to Anfield.

However, Saints have stolen a march by agreeing a fee in the region of £4m with his club, Molde, that has been accepted.

Liverpool have told Molde that they don’t intend on matching that bid and so the trial has been cancelled.

Forren was staying on Merseyside last night in preparation for the now aborted trial but is now diverting to Southampton with his agent for talks over personal terms and a medical.

If all goes well then the deal is expected to be completed quickly, albeit probably not in time for Forren to feature against Chelsea tomorrow night.

Saints’ interest has been confirmed by Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who admitted earlier today that the Norwegian club had accepted a bid for the player, who has also been linked with Everton and Reading.

"There have been many inquiries from various English clubs, but Southampton submitted an offer," the former Manchester United striker told Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke.

"It was very interesting for us and Vegard. We are more or less agreed with the club, but nothing is a hundred percent confirmed.

"Molde is close to a deal, so we'll see if this is something that all parties will go with."

It comes as no surprise as Saints look to bolster the centre of their defence that was already thin on numbers before the injury to Jose Fonte which could sideline him for up to six weeks.

Forren, who won the first of his five international caps in January 2012 and has over 150 appearances for Molde under his belt, was scouted in person at least twice by Everton manager David Moyes recently.

Fulham and Belgian side Club Brugge were also linked with a move for the defender with the latter being turned down due to Forren’s desire to play in the Premier League.

“For me the Premier League is the best place to play football. That is what we are working towards now if there is something there,” he said.

“I want to go to a club where I feel that I am focused on. It must be possible to play regularly throughout the season.

“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.”

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