The lookout for new and upcoming defenders becomes a tiresome job as most are scouted out by top clubs around the world. Yet there are some managers who have the luxury of finding new talent without being concerned by rivals.
For Molde defender Vegard Forren, this is far from the case.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær faces a barrage of offers from three Premier League clubs as he tries to hold on to the 24-year-old centre-back. Fulham, Everton and Manchester United have all been linked with Forren and may well make a move for him in the January transfer window. But what club will be the best fit for the Norwegian international?
As Fulham continue to impress this season, a player of Forren’s quality would do no harm to the squad as he proves to be a younger option than Brede Hangeland, Philippe Senderos and Aaron Hughes, who are all over twenty-seven. As players reach an age that takes them over their peak, signing Forren would do Martin Jol well as he looks to find the right balance between attack and defence.
Everton, however, have already developed impressive centre-backs in the shape of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin as well as acquiring John Heitinga four years ago. No matter how much Vegard Forren would want to come to the Toffees, he’d have to work his way up a pecking order, something he may not be used to as he has been in Molde’s starting eleven for the past five consecutive seasons.
With two Tippeligaen league trophies to his name, Forren may well be on his way from being a Norwegian champion to an English champion, courtesy of Manchester United. Englishmen Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are younger and more experienced at a top level and will prove to be good competition. Although with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans also in the fray, Forren may find himself with limited playing time.
As he makes his debut in European football, what better way than competing in the Premier League as well as the Champions League?
Even though Solskjær will have to make a decision soon, a year ago Belgium outfit Club Brugge attempted to land the defender only for two of their bids to be rejected. Solskjær stated “I realise that he is tempted by an opportunity abroad, but I have spoken out about this with Vegard. I’ve made it very clear that I would love to have him with us in Molde and for now, he is my player.”
Believed to be a small transfer offer for Forren, the Norwegian manager went on to say: “There is no question of selling Vegard for the money they have been talking about so far. They cannot even buy his right foot for such money.” (Dagbladet) With the manager in deadlock over retaining his player’s services as well as doing what is best for the player’s future, it will ultimately depend on which club offers the best deal.
With first-team action on his mind, it would do Forren well to embark into Europe with a club willing to offer him a starting eleven position. And with the undoubted talent he has, he may well be a name lighting up the Premier League.