NORWEGIAN international centre-back Vegard Forren was due to arrive on Merseyside today hoping to secure a move to Liverpool.
And one of the first men to comment on the potential switch was Liverpool’s former Norse favourite, Vegard Heggem.
Heggem, a flying full-back who holds the distinction of being Gerard Houllier’s first signing during his joint tenure with Roy Evans, made 65 appearances for the Reds before injury cut short a promising career.
Last night he tweeted: “Vegard Forren: done very well in Norwegian League and for Norway. Good enough for #LFC? Not sure, but an exciting signing IMO, if it happens.”
Liverpool confirmed that the left-footed 24-year-old “will train with us for a few days with a view to a move.”
But it is by no means a certainty that the switch will be finalised.
The player himself is keen to play in the Premier League, but wants regular first team football.
Both Liverpool – and Everton, who have watched Forren play several times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Tippeligaen-winning Molde side – have established central defensive partnerships.
And strengthening his central defensive cover is not a priority for Brendan Rodgers, although he is happy to have a closer look at the Norwegian international.
The Reds have not made a firm bid to Molde yet.
If they are sufficiently impressed to make a formal offer, he would cost in the region of £4m.
Other Premier League clubs are closely monitoring the situation and there is a chance that if any make a firm offer for Forren he may opt to move where he can be guaranteed regular football.
FC Bruges had a bid accepted by Molde in December but the player rejected a switch to Belgium preferring to wait for interest from England to firm up.
At the time he said: “For me the Premier League is the best place to play football. That is what we are working towards now if there is something there.
“I want to go to a club where I feel that I am focused on. It must be possible to play regularly throughout the season.
“Playing in the Premier League would of course be a big challenge if I get the chance. It’s a different pace of football. But I have developed a lot through good experiences in the Europa League and with the national team. It gives me confidence that I can perform in the Premier League.”
On Bruges’ interest he added: “Molde and Bruges agreed, but I said no. As far as I know it is the only club to have bid.
“If everything was about wages, I would have already moved clubs. But it has to be the right club in every way.”
Forren has made nearly 150 appearances for his boyhood club Molde and boasts five caps for Drillo Olsen’s national team.
After 14 Under-21 appearances and two at Norwegian Under-23 level, Forren made his full debut in the 2012 King’s Cup match against Thailand in January 2012.
He also played against South Korea a few days later, but had to wait until October for his first competitive match when he started against Switzerland.