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Everton to compete with Fulham for Forren

ESPN staff
November 16, 2012
David Moyes is keeping an eye on Vegard Forren © PA Photos

Everton manager David Moyes is ready to compete with Fulham for Molde's centre back Vegard Forren in January.

Moyes watched Forren, 24, play for Norway as they beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on Wednesday.

The club also sent a scout to watch the defender play for his club against Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League in September - something the player is reportedly flattered by.

"If it is true then of course it is interesting, but it is not something I am thinking about," Forren told Norwegian newspaper Romerikes Blad.

"I have been able to cope with the step up to the national team and in Europe and I feel I have played well enough to suggest that I am ready for a better league."

The Norway international is valued at around £2.5 million by Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has attracted interest from several clubs - including Fulham - as a result of his performances for the Norwegian champions.

Moyes is keen to add youth to a central defence that already has plenty of experience, with Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga competing for two places.

Fulham's interest in Forren was sparked when his international team-mate Brede Hangeland recommended him to manager Martin Jol.

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