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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Southampton secure defender Forren

Southampton have announced the signing of Norway international Vegard Forren from Molde for an undisclosed fee.

Vegard Forren wins the ball for Norway
Forren had been linked with a move to Liverpool

Forren, 24, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Saints, who on Friday parted company with manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.

The centre-back, who has been capped five times by Norway, was named player of the year in Tippeligaen in November.

Forren had been linked with a move to Liverpool, having had a trial with the club, while Everton were also said to be keen.

"It's a dream come true for me. Southampton is a big club in the Premier League, which is where I have always wanted to come and play football," Forren said on the club's official website.

"When I was told of the interest from Southampton, straight away I wanted to come and talk to the chairman. We had a chat and I was very impressed - there was no doubt that this is where I wanted to be.

"The plan the chairman has for this club is fantastic. There is a good, young squad here and the way they play fits me well, so I hope I can join the team and get some good results."

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