Forren returns to Molde after torrid time at Southampton

Sometimes, transfers don’t work out and it means that players may have relatively short stints at a club before moving back to their homeland or on to the next club.

Well, Norwegian defender Vegard Forren is the latest player to fall into this dubious category as Southampton have sold the player back to his former club Molde only 6 months after joining the Hampshire club.

Forren, who initially joined the club for £3.5m in January, has moved back to the current Tippeligaen champions for the same price.

Despite being at the club for 6 months, Forren failed to make any appearances for the senior team during his 6 month stay at St Mary’s Stadium.

Despite impressing in the reserve squad, the 25 year old was deemed surplus to requirements opening the door for a move back to Norway.

Southampton’s decision to completely ignore Forren for the senior squad is surprising considering that the player had been a regular for both Molde and Norway in the past year.

Before moving to Southampton, the defender had notched up 41 appearances for Molde in 2012 and had even notched up 7 appearances for the Norwegian team during this time.

Although a lack of first team football has meant that Forren was left out of the latest Norway squad who played their latest round of World Cup qualifiers back at the start of June.

Forren is just the latest departure to leave The Saints since the transfer window opened with several other fringe players leaving the squad such as Richard Chaplow who was released on a free after his contract expired at the end of June.

But the club have been keen to try and replace their departing players and the club have already brought in defensive reinforcements in the form of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.

Lovren joined Southampton after the club spent £8.5m in signing the international defender from French side Lyon in June.

Chaplow’s departure had left a gap in midfield after he moved to Millwall but yesterday’s £12.5m signing of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic should be more than enough to fill any gaps in the middle of the park.

After having a slow start in the summer transfer window, it seems that Southampton are starting to pick up their activity with the signing of Wanyama and the sale of Forren showing what the club have in store over the next few weeks.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!