1/14/2013 08:04:00 pm

Transfer Update: Molde Chief rejects Veggard Forren LFC rumours. Dead deal...?

With Jamie Carragher nearing retirement and Sebastian Coates failing to impress, Liverpool have been scouring the market for a new central defender, and it seems like the search for a central defender may soon be over. Or is it?

According to Norwegian newspaper VG Nett, Molde 'has accepted Liverpool's bid for Forren, and the move is a done deal, subject to a medical, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

However, earlier this evening, Molde's managing director, Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen, emphatically denied the news. When asked about the veracity of the initial report by TV2, He told local newspaper RBnett:

"We have not accepted a bid from anyone for Vegard Forren. There are lots of clubs interested in him but, so far, we have not agreed a transfer with any club".

Jacobsen confirmed that Forren is currently en-route somewhere, but he would not reveal the destination:

"I can confirm that Vegard is traveling, but do not want to say anything about where he's going or what he is doing"

When asked recently about the possibility of a move to the Premier League, Forren said:

"I cannot stand here and say that I'm not interested. I feel ready. I have had many great matches in the Europa League in the league and the national team. I have done well and it tempts me more and more to take the next step. I have developed myself a lot this year but right now my focus is on performing well"

Scandinavian football expert Brendan Husebo believes that Forren is very similar to in style to Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. He told The Mirror:

"Forren was by far and away the best player in the Norwegian Premier League last year. But what made a big move inevitable was the way he extended that to internationals and the Europa League.

"After looking like lost potential, Forren has become calmness personified under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. A skilful, strong, left-footed centre back might sound familiar to Liverpool fans, and comparisons to Daniel Agger in terms of style and potential are wholly justifiable."


We'll have to wait and see if there's anything to this story, but if becomes reality, then it will probably be a good thing. With the likes of Bjornebye (yes, he was good! Top assists maker for the Reds two years in a row in the mid-1990s), Hyypia, Henchoz, Skrtel, and Agger, defenders from Northern Europe have been superb for Liverpool over the years.

Just don't mention Bjorn Tore Kvarme (!)



Jaimie Kanwar




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53 Comments :

SGMM said...

He's been invited for a trial

Pav said...

He's coming to train on trial with Liverpool, no deal agreed but may give us the advantage if we want to sign him. I think it's good, preparing for a possible Carra retirement or Coates loan. What do you think Jaimie?

Jaimie K said...

Most newspapers are reporting that transfer has actually been agreed, which it obviously hasn't.

Zanatos said...

Very rare you hear of trails for players who aren`t under 21. If it is correct then at least we get a proper chance to see him, before making any calls on it.

BINGOWINGS said...

LFC have confirmed that he will be training with them this week, is that not true? I read it in the Liverpool Echo this evening.

gilstrap said...

has to better than coates...but id like a CB with a bit of presance

Jaimie K said...

The Echo just changed their story. Half an hour ago, they were reporting - like everyone else - that a £4m deal was done; now they've changed it to say that he's coming to train with the club.

Big C*nt said...

You are so annoying with your crappy "journalism". Now, many hours after it was confirmed that Forren will join a trial you write that the deal is off. As a Norwegian reds fan I want you to f**k off with your bulls***t articles you no good liar. Go and play on the highway and stop spamming (every day you have the same bull articles with "breaking news", go break your neck you moron).

Jaimie K said...

I think you may be right about Coates leaving. Brazilian newspapers reported last week that his dad had met with Santos re the possibility of a return to South America. Signing Forren would be a vote of no confidence in him anyway, so I think we can assume he'll be gone sooner rather than later.

Zanatos said...

Jamie, how do i complain about someone? Can`t find how you email you.

Zanatos said...

Jamie how do I email you about something?

BINGOWINGS said...

OK thanks, hopefully he does well.

Jaimie K said...

Hi Z. Email me here: editor@liverpool-kop.com

Jay said...

I've never the guy play but he looks pretty slow and cumbersome. From his best clips. Hopefully I'm wrong but I'm not particularly optimistic about him at this point.


Liverpool are in desperate need of pace and power, all over the pitch. Especially if we are to continue with the kamikaze style of play that invites opposition strikers to take on our defenders one on one.

billy the cat said...

looks like he could slot in at left back as well. if its not stupid poke fine ,BUT we are still shopping at netto !

billy the cat said...

agreed m8 how many times do we get caught out on set pieces .since nick the greek went we aint had a presance in our own box and he was only short term cos of age prior to him it was sami. could do with someone about 6ft 6ins similar to coates in build! but isnt crap like coates

VermHat said...

The Echo says he's coming for a trial and if he impresses, we'll bring him in.



I've never seen him play, but he has been a loyal servant for several editions of Football Manager. I hope this isn't what our new scouting department is up to.

If we bring in Enyeama or Bogdan Stancu, I'm going to be mighty suspicious!


Jokes aside, I know some people will think we're not sitting at the top table with this kind of transfer, but it is better to get someone before he makes a big move. We tend to let someone else do the scouting and then pick them up at a premium. If we want to compete, we need to get people before they've made a name for themselves (like with Michu).


Obviously this is easier said than done, but this is why the club needs to really invest in scouting, because it has worked for Newcastle over the past couple of years (although they're doing crap in the league, their recruitment policy has been decent).


Instead of getting an RVP, we should be looking for the next Javier Hernandez.

anteater said...

May I mention Glenn Hysén then.

I don't know Forren at all and haven't heard of him until earlier today. According to the Echo he will be training with the squad shortly on trial, but no deal is done. In this case the saying that there is no smoke without water may be right.

anteater said...

What's going on here?

anteater said...

Allegedly he's a Man U supporter. I'll give a quote from "SomeNorwegian" on the Echo's site, just in case somebody is interested:

This is taken from an article on Norwegian TV2 dated 29.10.2012.

Translated the following:


- He could have played for United, but I don't need to tell him that.
At his best, Vegard is a very good footballer. The most important thing
is that he is focused on continuing to deliver like this and play his
way into becoming a national team regular, says Solskjaer to TV 2 Sport.
This is extremely sweet music for Forren himself, which - Yes, you guessed it - is a fan of The Red Devils.
- That sounds good. My favorite team is Manchester United, says Forren.

anteater said...

And the link to the translated article of course:

http://www.tv2.no/sport/fotball/tippeligaen/solskjaer-forren-god-nok-for-manchester-united-3911189.html

anteater said...

It indeed is easier said than done, because if we are interested in a player a smaller club would also look at (a player who hasn't made a name for himself would raise interest from all sorts of clubs, just ask Michu), some of our knowledgeable fans will claim that

a) he can't be any good
b) we have sunk so low
c) can't afford/attract better (which basically translates into better known) players
and so on.

paulgio said...

he seems comfortable with the ball at his feet but lacks pace, his positional awareness is great but he seems to love a long ball (pretty much the mold of a young carra)

billy the cat said...

might not suit the chuckle brother style of football that is being played around our box after all who wants a defender that clears his lines!!!!!!

Simon said...

Rumours.......

Sneijder to Veggard Forren....... What we need is the next Vidic who would sooner die than let a chap Evra's size get a free header from 6 yards.

We'll get nowhere if we can't defend.

Must get the lads to video me at 5 a side, post it on YouTube with Killers soundtrack, someone will snap me up.......

nick1811 said...

Who cares really, being a liverpool supporter didn't affect the performances of solskjaer, nor does it affect ferdinand who followed liverpool as a boy.

billy the cat said...

stevie coppell big red. big ron was manager at time at tranmere .we didnt fancy him for 40k tommy doc did the rest is history

billy the cat said...

it might help if we didnt have skirtel and gerrard in the wall this is down to reina . that free kick was only goin one place the back post and had no one at the bussiness end . a keeper and i should know after 35 yrs between the sticks is responible for seeing to that .the 18 yard box is his domain and reina is responable for that .soz about the spellin

Zanatos said...

Cheers buddy

Jay said...

Any professional player can play pretty much any position if need be. How well suited they are to such positions is another argument though.


Given the levels of pace (and technical ability) exhibited in the video above, I don't see how this guy could perform as a left back to an acceptable level for our team

Simon said...

Exactly, wtf was Skrtel doing in a wall for a free kick from there. Very unlikely that RVP would shoot from that side.

How can such basic errors happen at the top level?

Jaimie K said...

No idea. A glitch with Disqus, perhaps? I think that's why Zanatos is emailing me.

Jaimie K said...

Ah, yes, Glen Hysen! I had the nagging feeling that I'd missed someone out. I'll add him to the article; helped Liverpool win their last title in 1990.

Zanz Kedah said...

B.Rodgers please try new this formula....please2
-----------------------------Reina------------------------------
Carragher-------------Skrtel--Agger-----------------Johnson
-----------------------------Coates--------------------------------
Sterling--------------------Gerrard---------------------Enricque
----------------Suarez--------------------Sturridge----------------


I'm sure this is will be succes.Lucas and Allen have small size body and not very good to make tackle down the tough player.Do not waste our young talent.Let try give him oppurutnity to prove that he can fix it the problem.
Sub : Brad Jones,Wisdom,Allen,Pacheco and Suso.I'm sure it is will be succes if you try this players.Now the weaknes is from midfield,sepecialy CDM.This problem happen already 2 season but never got improvement yet.Please realize that lucas cannot fit for CDM.Since departured of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano,nobody can replace both this player very effective.It is time to get Benat Extrebarria or Yann M'villa who also get skill combative midfielder.
Don't to stingy to sign the players good value for money.All out to get their sign please......YNWA.

rubyrm said...

We need cover in defense for sure. Vidic's goal was a good example(though offside). Atrocious defending. Don't these guys know what marking is. WTF was MS doing at the damn wall. Probably with 2 clean sheets these guys were flying high and mighty.

We need a strong, fast, agile last man. This dude does not seem to cut it for me.

anteater said...

I for one don't care, but wasn't entirely sure about everybody else.

anteater said...

I consider myself open minded to new or different ideas, but Carragher at right-back. Not so sure about that one. He has virtually no pace and wouldn't be able to offer much (if anything) going forward.

Have mentioned M'Vila quite a few times on here, but seemed to be the only one who thought he was good. Good shout!

Eric said...

Looks like Crouchy in defence

Jay said...

I always felt that somebody like Sissoko or Capoue were better options than M'vila, despite M'vila's greater reputation at the time, but I don't understand how his reputation has fallen so dramatically in the past few months just because he got into trouble off the pitch and got injured!?


It wasn't even a year ago that we were hearing (nonsensical imo) rumours about him being worth +£20m and the missing link for Arsenal or Madrid, and now all of a sudden he's only good enough for a relegation battle??


I've never bought into the hype about 'moneyball', but common sense dictates that you should buy quality players when their value is artificially low. As we did with Suarez. There are some quality ballwinners out there for cheap right now, and we are in desperate need for one. Let's see how far LFC have come in identifying transfer targets...

anteater said...

I've been quite a fan of M'Vila for some years, possibly because a close friend of mine used to live in Rennes for a few years. I truly believe that he would be an upgrade on Lucas in the DM position. Lucas was brought in as a box-to-box player anyway.

Moneyball, well, I'm not into Baseball so never really knew about it before it was mentioned in relation to FSG. From what I understand it basically is common sense, isn't it. Buying players who are actually better than their price-tag might suggest (with Michu being the prime example this season).

Jason Carr said...

jaimie what about the last veggard to play for us ,veggard heggem,great young player,real shame his career got cut short due to injuries,

Will said...

BBC is saying its for a trial, we need some back up in defence so lets hope he is good!

Will said...

Change Carragher for Wisdom and Coates for Lucas and thats a good line up.

Chirag Vyas said...

I don't know how many matches did Coates get to start at a trot. I don't know how people can call him incapable before giving him fair chance. I hope we give him at least 5 league matches before deciding on the verdict. Better to gamble on our own players, right?

try him for at least 5 league matches

max said...

If these are truly his best clips, we are better off with Coates.

Jay said...

We have Coates, Kelly and Wisdom as backup centre-backs.
As far as I'm concerned, we need more quality first team players, not more squad players.

Jay said...

Yea exactly - I hate all this talk about 'tiki-taka' and 'moneyball', as if embracing pass and move football & value in the transfer market are revolutionary concepts..

anteater said...

But those modern terms, moneyball and tiki-taka, are nice sticks to beat FSG and Rodgers with.

lfcrednick2 said...

heard southhampton had a bid accepted or something so couldn be bothered don't come to liverpool for the money come to play for the pride of the club

tesoman said...

Yeah, just read that this morning. Solskjaer confirmed that a bid was accepted and its pretty much assumed that his trail today at melwood has been canceled. It's a sad, sad day when LFC is losing players to Southampton

Jason Carr said...

sorry m8 but they will be plenty of sad days to come

tesoman said...

Like today. Just read Gala's bid for Sneijder is just 6.2mil. Sounds like a bargain doesn't it? And because of that LFC are probably not interested. We're only in the market for overpriced players please…smh

Jason Carr said...

or the suarez inciddent he will be gone at the end of the season

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