Benitez Keen On Norwegian International Center-Back

There is news from NRK and other Norway outlets that Newcastle are interested in signing 28 year-old Vegard Forren who plays for Norwegian Tippeligaen club Molde, and the defender has been capped 30 times for his country.

Newcastle are looking to sign at least one center-back quickly – hopefully this week – as Rafa has switched to looking for  three defenders to strengthen Newcastle’s very weak defense.


Molde center-back Vegard Forren

The 28-year-old defender was signed by Southampton in January of 2013 on a three and a half year deal,  but he was unable to play one single game for the Saints first team and returned that summer To Molde, although he said he wanted to stay and fight for his place on the south coast.

So the fact he failed at Southampton doesn’t auger well for him being able to be successful at Newcastle.

Since signing on at Molde in 2008 he has played a total of 276 games for the club with 16 goals.

Some local news is that Rafa Benitez thinks Forren has matured since his tough experience at Southampton and could become a good player on Tyneside.

The news from Norway is that Rafa is keen on getting the 6ft 1ins tall defender to Newcastle.

This is what Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer  has said about the situation:

“I can not say much more other than what is written in the media, but I realise the fact that clubs are interested in Vegard.”

“We are also interested in Vegard and I hope that we can agree a deal with him before other clubs.”

“He has only six months left, and players like him we can not force to stay. He only has six months left on his contract.”

With only six months left on Forren’ contract at Molde, Newcastle could get a very good deal for the Norwegian International center-back.

Forren made his debut for the full Norway side in the 2012 King’s Cup match against Thailand in January of 2012.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t see it. I’ll let Rafa surprise me I reckon.

  • pbandj

    Jul 6, 2016 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #2

    He is by far not good enough to play for NUFC, he probably would be an okay signing for a League 1 or 2 team…

  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 6, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I notice you sa y that Newcastle have a very weak defence.
    I disagree. I think they have a very strong defence even at premiership level never mind championship.

    The reason we leaked goals for fun prior to Benitez is that Mcclaren kept picking our weakest defenders instead of our best ones.

    I am not saying not to buy as we need cover, but there is nothing wrong with our defence.

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #4

    funlovingexpress – you’re kidding, right? Nothing wrong with our defence? Look at how many goals we’ve leaked each season over the last three seasons. It’s been bad for years even before McClaren came along. Glad you’re not in charge of recruitment at the Toon if you think the defence doesn’t need majorly overhauling.

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Out of interest, who would YOU have picked as our strongest defence? I doubt your choices would have made much difference. And how can you say our defence was very strong at Premier League level when we got relegated? Who could we have played to make any kind of difference?

  • Sav

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Note to Rafa: Sign Robbie Brady from Norwich as a left back and excellent free taker.

  • Big Archie

    Jul 6, 2016 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #7

    “So the fact he failed at Southampton doesn’t auger well for him being able to be successful at Newcastle.”

    Interesting choice of words there, Ed.


  • Mitrogoal

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m from Norway and I can tell you right now that he’s not what we’re looking for.

  • Veltmann

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #9

    With Coloccini gone,Benitez should consider someone wid equally experienced like Kolo Ture,
    Skertel etc.Don’t know the likes of Hanley,Dunk and Caulker much but someone vocal at the back is needed.I will be happy if he sign a new left back and a center back and use Dummett as back up.The likes of Kolo Toure can do a fine job for a season and then, sign a top center back when we get promoted..

    Side note,with all the positive changes and good work Benitez has been doing,I think his team will struggle to score goals if he releases Wijnaldum.
    I think we need more players.The likes of Obertan Marveaux,Cabella,Thauvin(assuming loaned/sold ) should be replaced.Couple more wingers are needed to supply crosses or make assists.
    Don’t think we can afford to rely on the likes of Sammy,Aarons,Goufran etc.They may burst in the ccp but to make sure we get promoted in the first attempt,some effecient players are needed.
    I am sure he is well aware of that isn’t he?

  • Veltmann

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t like players from Norway anyway..

  • Veltmann

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #11

    I am assuming Rafa simply taking players that are recommended by Carr.Let’s hope Carr gets it right this time..

  • expatmag

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #12


    Re your post at 9

    You are a goose

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #13
  • lochinvar

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Meanwhile Crystal Palace have signed defender James Tomkins from Premier League rivals West Ham United for £10m.
    The 27-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract, is Palace’s third summer signing, after midfielder Andros Townsend and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

    Well Alan just wondering why you didn’t sign him when up here, is it because you’re a Londoner ? Twin strikers Chas and Dave next then ?

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Big Archie

    Auger, augur?

    Oedipus? Schmiedepus? What’s the difference as long as a boy loves his mother!

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #16


    I think we all know why Pardew didn’t sign Tompkins when he was at SJP. Pardew never signed anybody when he was with us!

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #17

    If Gini, Sissoko, Janmaat or anyone’s subject to interest from a Prem club, there’s more than enough money slushing around to demand mega-bucks for any of them. Pardew’s throwing it about as though there’s no tomorrow.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #18

    You have to be kidding, yes. Since finishing fifth we have conceded more goals than any other PL team, the others having been relegated before conceding more than us. Not just Mclaren picking the defence but the whole McCardew. We have only ever had one RB, three CB’s including the perennially broken STaylor, except for that brief period we had the luxury of four when we had Mbwia, but even then STaylor was out for most of that and two semi fit LB’s, one of which most people think is a CB or not good enough anyway. Even with Benitez coming in with his World class coaching we still managed to concede three twice. Please have a rethink on how good the defence is.

  • martoon

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #19

    lesh & Big Archie – “Auger” – That shows Ed knows the drill 🙂

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #20

    What about our LB we got rid of Haidara and we have Dummet 🙁

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Brian Auger?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m interested in seeing which defenders Rafa will go for.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Forrens challenge is that he’s quite slow and might struggle if we’re playing offensive football with space to run behind our defence. However, he’s very strong in the air, and has a wonderful left foot for a defender. He’s a regular starter for Norway, and with only 6 months left on his contract I guess he’ll only cost like 500k. This is a low risk signing, with 50 games to play, why not give it a try!

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #24


    You make a fair point about the defence.

    Under Rafa we conceded 12 goals in 10 games.
    However 8 goals wer econceded in the first 5 when he was still sussing out our best defensive combination the last 5 games we only conceded 4 goals.
    We also under Rafa’s short time had a goal diff of +4
    Strengthening the defence per se is not as crucial as some make out – but we could certainly do with some leadership at the back.

    In Matz Sels and young Lasclles we have 2 leadership contenders (better than Gove and Dr Liam Fox)

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Crystal Palace have enquired in Italy about Davide Santon who fancies a return to England.
    Could he do a job for us in the Championship ?

  • martoon

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib – in the last 3 games the defence looked better with the Lascelles/ Mbemba partnership but it was still a bit dodgy! We need Centre Backs to replace Colo & Saylor which will give us competition and cover in the defence.

  • geordie157

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Can see two coming in, maybe one experienced like Hanley and one being a young exciting prospect like Hause.

    Add to those four Dummett plus possibly one from Cameron, Good, Satka or Gillesphey. And I think that’s plenty of cover.

    I can see Cameron being the one who steps up

  • Norpie

    Jul 6, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Injury prone and not at all good enough. Also matches Saylors brain farts. I’d love to see a Norwegian in Newcastle, just not this guy.


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