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Southampton steal in ahead of Liverpool for Forren

ESPN staff
January 15, 2013
Vegard Forren made his international debut for Norway last season © Getty Images

Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Southampton are set to sign Vegard Forren after making an offer, as the defender backed out of a trial at Liverpool.

And former Saints defender Claus Lundekvam believes the centre-back could be just the signing Nigel Adkins' side need as they battle to move clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool appeared to have put themselves in pole position to sign the 24-year-old, who has attracted interest from a string of Premier League clubs, including Everton, Fulham and Sunderland.

But former United striker Solskjaer confirmed that Southampton were in advanced negotiations with Molde while the Reds were yet to table a bid, revealing that the transfer had been "more of less agreed".

As a result, Forren did not turn up for his scheduled trial at Liverpool's training ground on Tuesday - instead making the trip down to Southampton to continue discussions over the deal.

"There have been many inquiries from various English clubs, but Southampton submitted an offer, it was very interesting for us and Vegard," Solksjaer told local Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke. "We are more or less agreed with the club, but nothing is a hundred per cent confirmed.

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

He added: "We have had a good dialogue with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who wanted to talk to Vegard and see him in training. We agreed that he could go there to train with the squad. But Liverpool have not made a bid."

Forren, who has five caps for Norway, was one of the best performers in the Norwegian league last season and helped Solskjaer's side win the Tippeligaen title.

And Southampton legend Lundekvam believes he could play a key role in keeping the Saints in the Premier League, should he make the switch.

"This is very, very exciting," Lundekvam said. "Southampton have been looking to bolster their central defence for a while and Vegard is a good option."

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