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.