Vegard Forren has revealed that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was the one that told him to reject Liverpool in favour of a move to Southampton, the Mirror reports.

The Norwegian international joined the Saints in a £4million from SK Molde nearly a fortnight ago on the same day that Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins as manager at St Mary’s.

But 24-year-old Forren confessed that it was Manchester United legend Solksjaer, his former boss at the Aker Stadion, who compelled him to resist the overtures of a trial at Liverpool and opt for a permanent transfer to the south Coast instead.

“I never came close to joining Liverpool because Southampton felt right for me,” he said.

“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League but after coming here and speaking with the chairman I really felt wanted.

“Ole was very supportive of the move and I spoke with him a lot before coming here. He really wanted me to take this opportunity.”

Forren looks set to make his Premier League bow against the Red Devils when Southampton travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday night and will hope to improve a defence that has shipped 37 goals in 23 games this season.

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  • Gerry
    2 years ago

    And were in that statemnet does he say that he was told to snub Liverpool? More lazy, useless journalism.

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  • albey
    2 years ago

    If this is true then uefa should make enquiries about this and investigate molde and its manager and if a certian scotish manager who is in the premier league has anything to do with the molde manager influencing the player . I am disgusted reading this it just shows how anti Liverpool any way he would of only been on the bench at Liverpool

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  • Stev
    2 years ago

    Where does it say he was urged to snub LFC ?

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  • PeteLFC
    2 years ago

    Has not said it. But if Liverpool were a choice then I hope he still feels it was right, if he spends next season in the championship.

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  • fatal
    2 years ago

    gud luck with the saints..

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  • Ole
    2 years ago

    Saints lol…… He needs his head checked and the ex manc smelly manc who thinks we value his opinion , Forres needs his head checked ole would have only said it out of his hate the PFC. Biatchhhh! He’s only going to say ole ole I’m in the championship playing great football now thanks to you you’ve given me great prospects ole your the man ole

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  • Rabia
    2 years ago

    Ole is a jerk who hates LFC so if this guy had is own brain he would use it he obviously why would anyone compare us to the saints OMG come on we r PFC we should not even entertain this shite from jack penny

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  • Rabia
    2 years ago

    Ole is a jerk who hates LFC so if this guy had is own brain he would use it he obviously why would anyone compare us to the saints OMG come on we r lFC we should not even entertain this shite from jack penny

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  • ss
    2 years ago

    hmm, did wages make the decision for him?

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