EPL Transfer Rumours: Everton, Fulham Fighting over Norwegian Defender

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

MOLDE, NORWAY - MAY 6:  Vegard Forren of Molde FK in action during the Norwegian Tippeligaen match between Molde FK and Aalesunds FK held on May 6, 2012 at the Aker Stadion in Molde, Norway. (Photo by Daniel Sannum Lauten/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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As the January transfer window begins to heat up, plenty of EPL clubs are being linked with the same player.

That is the case with Everton and Fulham, as both clubs are reportedly going after the signature of Norwegian defender Vegard Forren. 

The latest report on the defender for two-time Tippeligaen champions Molde is linking him with a move to Goodison Park (via Daily Mail). 

Just three days ago, Fulham were reportedly making a bid to bring in Forren to Craven Cottage (via Sky Sports). 

The same report from Sky Sports also states that Manchester United, Sunderland and Newcastle have an eye on the defender. 

Forren has risen to prominence during Molde's two-year title run in the Norwegian top flight under the direction of former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

If Forren were to join Fulham, he would play alongside his fellow countryman Brede Hangeland, who has been a rock in the Cottagers defense since his move from Copenhagen in 2008. 

The 24-year-old would most likely compete with Aaron Hughes for the second centre-back position. 

If he were to join up with David Moyes and company on Merseyside, Forren would compete with Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin for the starting position in the middle of the Everton defense. 

Forren would most likely replace John Heitinga on the depth chart, as the Dutch international has had a lackluster fourth season at Goodison Park. 

The good news for either Everton or Fulham is that Forren will be well rested as the Tippeligaen season ended on November 18. 


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