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Vegard Forren abandons Liverpool trial for Southampton talks

Saints set to snatch Forren as 4.2m defender abandons Anfield trial for St Mary's talks

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

11:43 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 15 January 2013

Vegard Forren is considering the option of a permanent transfer to Southampton rather than his planned trial at Liverpool.

Forren, a Norwegian international central defender, arrived in England last night and was expected to report to Liverpool for a trial today.

Change of plan: Molde defender Vegard Forren has abandoned a trial at Liverpool in favour of talks with Southampton

Change of plan: Molde defender Vegard Forren (also in action, below) has abandoned a trial at Liverpool in favour of holding talks with Barclays Premier League side Southampton

Heading off: Norway international Forren (No 5) looks set to leave Molde for a move to England

But the 24-year-old has other options in the Barclays Premier League including Saints, who are keen to strengthen their defence and thought to be among the clubs who have agreed a 4.2million transfer fee with his club Molde.

Fulham and Everton are other clubs who have been monitoring Forren, who has been capped five times by Norway.

Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed earlier this month that the defender was set to leave the club, possibly for the Barclays Premier League.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Upper hand: Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is leading the race to sign Forren ahead of Brendan Rodgers (R)

Everton scout Vegard Forren, Norwegian defender

Moyes steps up bid for Norwegian defender Forren

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 23 November 2012

Everton have stepped up their pursuit of Vegard Forren after David Moyes led a high-profile delegation to watch the Norwegian defender.

The Everton boss went with assistant Steve Round and coaches Andy Holden and David Weir to see Forren, 24, in Molde’s 2-1 defeat by FC Copenhagen on Thursday.

Moyes also saw Forren play for Norway against Hungary 10 days ago. When asked about the trip, Moyes said: 'I get to a lot of games, don't I'

Heads up: Forren (left) has been scouted twice by the Toffees

Heads up: Forren (left) has been scouted twice by the Toffees

Brian Deane lands manager"s job at Sarpsborg in Norway

Former Leeds and Sheffield United striker Deane lands manager's job in Norway

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Former England striker Brian Deane has been appointed as the head coach of Norwegian side Sarpsborg.

The 44-year-old, who had been working at Leeds University, will take the reigns of the club who were this season promoted to Norway’s top flight.

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

'I am looking forward to putting my stamp on this job,' Deane told the club’s official website.

Deane won three caps for England and is famous for scoring the first goal in the history of the Premier League.

Everton watch Norway defender Vegard Forren

Everton watch Norway defender Forren but Fulham remain favourites

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 15 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes was among scouts monitoring Norway defender Vegard Forren, 24, during their 2-0 win over Hungary on Wednesday.

Fulham are thought to be in pole position for the in-form player from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Norwegian champions, Molde.

Defender Brede Hangeland recently confirmed his side's interest in his international team-mate.

Target: Norway's Vegard Forren (left) is wanted by Everton and Fulham

Target: Norway's Vegard Forren (left) is wanted by Everton and Fulham

'His name has come up,' Hangeland
told TV2. 'They asked me about him after the last international break,
so of course I had to be honest and tell them he’s a very good
footballer.

'It’s no wonder Fulham have noticed him, I’m sure he’s been noticed by others as well.

'I think it was the manager who mentioned it. He picks up on quite a few things.

'He asked me about Forren. I told him that he’s a good player, and that occasionally good players come out of Norway as well.

Join me: Forren (left) with Fulham's Brede Hangeland (centre)

Join me: Forren (left) with Fulham's Brede Hangeland (centre)

'I try to answer honestly when I’m asked about something. I’ve often answered that Scandinavian players aren’t good enough.

'But
when it comes to Vegard Forren, I think he could be good enough for a
career abroad. But if it’s now or in the future, only time will tell.'

Asked
if he thinks he thought Forren would come to Fulham, Hangeland added:
'We’ll see. I think if he did come, he’d do a good job'.

Stuart Pearce: England U21s contract extension is uncertain

Pearce admits he could face England U21s axe despite record-breaking year

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 15 November 2012

Stuart Pearce has cast doubt on his long-term role as England Under 21 head coach after admitting he does not know if he will be offered a new contract.

The young Lions ended their most successful calendar year since 1991 with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday. It was their sixth consecutive win, five were achieved with clean sheets, and It came after they qualified for Euro 2013 with success in Serbia.

England will warm up for the tournament in Israel with friendlies next year against Sweden and Austria at home, plus a trip to France, but whether Pearce will be in charge for the next qualification campaign, which begins next September, remains to be seen.

Uncertain future: Stuart Pearce does not know if he will be handed a new deal

Uncertain future: Stuart Pearce does not know if he will be handed a new deal

His current deal expires after Euro 2013 and The FA have not approached him over new terms. Pearce has been in the role since 2006 and remains relaxed that the discussions have not yet started.

Young Lions' year to remember…

Feb 29 – England 4 Belgium 0

Sept 06 – Azerbaijan 0 England 2

Sept 10 – England 1 Norway 0

Oct 12 – England 1 Serbia 0

Oct 16 – Serbia 0 England 1

Nov 13 – England 2 Northern Ireland 0

‘I enjoy the job I do’ said Pearce. ‘I have been reasonably successful but not as successful as I would have liked to have been. Who knows what is in the future

‘I am contracted until next summer and that has been the case every time I have gone into a major tournament. We will see (what happens).

‘Everything has got a plus to it and that is what you have to draw out of it. Yes, I would like more contact with players at times on a daily basis and more games to test myself.

Annus mirabilis: The young Lions have won six matches in a row under Pearce

Annus mirabilis: The young Lions have won six matches in a row under Pearce

‘The other side of that I have is the environment I am working in. It gives me great pride to work for the FA; working with the best players in the country is a fantastic option.

‘There are pluses and minuses in both options. I am enjoying what I am doing and we will see where it takes us over the next few months.’

England have set a record in qualifying for four consecutive tournaments but they have not been crowned European Champions at this level since 1984. Pearce, however, says success in Israel will have no influence over whether he stays on as head coach.

‘It would be irrelevant,’ he said. ‘I would like to win the tournament but I have been trying to do that for the last five years. We have had a final, a semi-final and a group stage.

‘We will try and prepare the team as well as we can and give them as many options going into the summer.’

England women drawn against France, Russia and Spain at Euros

England women drawn against France, Russia and Spain at Euro 2013

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UPDATED:

01:03 GMT, 10 November 2012

England will face France, Russia and Spain in the group stage of the 2013 European Women's Championship.

Hope Powell's side, who were beaten by Germany in the final in the 2009 tournament, learned their opponents in today's draw in Gothenburg.

England drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Paris last month and qualified unbeaten for next summer's Euros.

Going to the Euros: Hope Powell will lead England next year

Going to the Euros: Hope Powell will lead England next year

They will open their campaign against the Spanish on July 12, before meeting Russia three days later and then Les Bleus on July 18, with the matches taking place in Norrkoping and Linkoping.

In the other pools, hosts Sweden were drawn alongside Italy, Denmark and Finland in Group A, while five-time defending champions Germany take on Norway, Holland and Iceland in Group B.

Sweden will open the tournament against Scandinavian rivals Denmark on July 10.

Fulham keen to sort Brede Hangeland future out before Christmas

Fulham set for crunch Hangeland talks to prevent him leaving for free

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham want to call key defender Brede Hangeland in for showdown contract talks before Christmas in an attempt to prevent him leaving the club on a free transfer.

The Craven Cottage club are keen to tie down their 31-year-old captain to a new and improved long-term contract.

But if Fulham are not able to agree an extension with Hangeland then they are ready to listen to offers in January for the Norway skipper, who is understood to earn in the region of 40,000 a week.

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Manager Martin Jol has made sorting out Hangeland’s future a top priority for the club’s board — but the centre half has so far resisted their efforts to begin negotiations.

As the situation stands, Hangeland — who has made 169 Fulham appearances since joining in 2008 from FC Copenhagen — can sign a free transfer pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dreams of Manchester United job

Solskjaer dreaming of Man United job… but he's unlikely to take over from Fergie

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 5 November 2012

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dreaming about becoming Manchester United boss but it is unlikely he is included in the plans for Sir Alex Ferguson's successor currently locked 'in the drawer' at Old Trafford.

The former Red Devils striker is currently managing Norwegian side Molde – and turned down the Aston Villa job in May after informal talks with the club.

United's 'baby-faced assassin' cited family reasons as the reason for not pouncing on the opportunity to ply his trade in the Premier League.

One day: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants an Old Trafford return

One day: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants an Old Trafford return

But Solskjaer insists coming back to England is still on his mind.

'I’m not naive enough to say I can do that job but in life you should have big dreams and big goals,' he told The Sun.

'It’s a dream but let’s take just one step at a time. I want to become a manager in England.

'At the moment I’ve just started and it’s been two years more or less in Norway. So the time will come. I’ve spoken to clubs and explained it’s a bit early as I want to learn and don’t want to jump too big a bridge at the start.

'Managing is not easy but it’s very enjoyable when you are winning, it’s challenging when you have a bad start.'

United's vice-chairman Ed Woodman said the list of names drawn up to replace the 70-year-old Ferguson when he retires is being kept under lock and key at Old Trafford.

He said: 'We have a view as to what that process [appointing a new manager] will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we'll go about it.

'But it's in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer.'

Time: One day Sir Alex Ferguson will need to be replaced

Time: One day Sir Alex Ferguson will need to be replaced

Harry Redknapp snubs Blackburn

Harry snubs Blackburn as Maradona joins list of candidates for Ewood Park job

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UPDATED:

15:09 GMT, 30 October 2012

Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the managerial post at Blackburn.

Rovers have been without a manager since Steve Kean resigned to end a troubled reign a month ago and Redknapp was expected to be interviewed this week.

But the 65-year-old former Tottenham boss said: 'When we saw the speculation, I asked where it was all coming from, it`s not for me.

No go: Harry Redknapp says he will not be joining Blackburn Rovers

No go: Harry Redknapp says he will not be joining Blackburn Rovers

'They've got a good squad, a good support but it's not for me.'

'Redknapp, who was sacked by Spurs in teh summer, added on Sky Sports News: Blackburn is a good club with great traditions going back many years, with Kenny (Dalglish) going there and winning the championship, they have a real tradition. It's not something that would be for me.'

Former Norway international Henning Berg is the current bookmakers' favourite for the Blackburn job, while Argentinean icon Diego Maradona was linked overnight.

Approaches for Berg's fellow ex-Rovers Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay have been rejected by Tottenham and Fulham where the pair hold respective coaching roles.

In the frame: Henning Berg

In the frame: Henning Berg

A Blackburn spokesman declined to comment on the managerial situation and refused to be drawn on claims made by global advisor Shebby Singh that Kean's successor would be in place by the middle of this week.

Following six games under the guidance of caretaker manager Eric Black, Rovers are fifth in the Championship as they seek an instant return to the Barclays Premier League.

Berg, 43, fits Singh’s mould of a
younger coach with Blackburn connections, having won the Premiership
title at Ewood in 1995 and captaining the club to League Cup glory seven
years later after rejoining them from Manchester United.

Unlike Sherwood and McKinlay, he also has managerial experience, with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom.

Should the approaches for
his top targets fail to land the club a new boss, Singh is preparing to
line-up an audacious bid for Maradona.

Singh has opened discussions with Maradona, who is available and said to be keen on the job after leaving Arabian club Al Wasl.

The
move for Maradona has begun in earnest over the past few days – much to
the amazement of other officials at Ewood Park as the Argentina legend
speaks only limited English.

He also had battled drug addiction, and had numerous run ins with officials and the media during his colourful career.

Meanwhile, Blackburn’s neighbours and Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers unveiled Dougie Freedman as their new manager on Tuesday.

Rovers to offer chance to Indian coach

While the search for a new full time boss continues, Rovers are also looking at a plan to give a young coach of Indian origin a prominent role at the club.

Judan Ali – born in London to Indian parents – played for Arsenal's youth team and has worked at St George's Park with the England Under 17s.

Ali studied at Barcelona's La Masia academy while gaining his coaching qualifications and has ambitions to manage a team in the Premier League.

The move would raise Blackburn's profile in India and establish a route for Asian coaches hoping to reach the top of the game.

Ali also hopes to manage a low-ranked national team through World Cup qualifiers.

He told SportsKeeda: 'I have already proved that it can be done at youth level and I am determined to do the same at international senior level, should the opportunity arise.'

Judan Ali with Roy Hodgson

The 38-year-old former Crystal Palace
boss admitted he is taking over ‘a club in decline’ and wasted no time
warning a squad with the second biggest wage bill in the Championship
that he expects them to turn things around.

'Certain players believe the club was made for them and that will certainly change,' said Freedman.

‘We all need to understand from the beginning that you’re only as good as your last game.

‘I will make sure they turn up every day determined to get better and respect each other. If they don’t I’ll deal with them.’

Palace centre back Paddy McCarthy is
expected to be one of his first targets in January, but Freedman is
confident he can get the best out of the players already there.

He said: 'I believe in my own philosophy on the game in the way I give people opportunities and play with a no-fear factor.

‘Take the modern-day player and strip
down the money, the caps, the hairstyles and the tweeting, and you’ve
still got an individual who is talented and needs to get that talent
out in some way.’

Former Watford boss Sean Dyche, 41, is expected to be confirmed as Burnley’s new manager on Tuesday.

New job: Dougie Freedman has taken over at Bolton

New job: Dougie Freedman has taken over at Bolton

England Under 21s to face Serbia in play-off

Tough tie for Pearce as England U21s draw Serbia in European Championship play-off

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UPDATED:

13:20 GMT, 14 September 2012

England will play Serbia in next month's qualifying play-offs for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Stuart Pearce's men beat Norway 1-0 on Monday to finish top of Group Eight with seven wins from eight matches and earn themselves one of the seven seeded berths for Friday's draw in Nyon.

Serbia, who were unseeded, won Group Four with five wins and three draws from their eight matches, which included two victories over Northern Ireland.

Tough tie England Under 21s will take on Serbia in their play-off

Tough tie England Under 21s will take on Serbia in their play-off

The two-legged play-offs will be held between October 12-16 with the winners progressing through to next summer's finals in Israel.

England, who are aiming to reach the finals for the fourth successive time, will play the first leg against Serbia at home.

England are the only team to have qualified for the previous three finals but Pearce knows his side have a fight on their hands to continue that run after being drawn against Serbia.

He said: 'It's a difficult tie for us, no doubt, but when you are down to the last 14 in Europe you know you are not going to get an easy draw.

The likes of Thomas Ince will be hoping to make their mark

The likes of Thomas Ince will be hoping to make their mark

'People would have looked at the draw and hoped for a runner-up, but the runners-up all made it to the finals last time, which shows the strength of the competition.

There are a lot of factors to consider, playing at home first, and travelling to Serbia, who are group winners.

'Whatever is said we will have to be at our best to make it to the finals. However, I'm sure anyone looking at Bowl A would not have wanted to see England come out of the hat either.'

He added: 'It's a real tough draw. They are an emerging side, and I spoke to Savo Milosevic about them and they, like us, have had a number of players move up to their senior team.

THE FULL DRAW

Spain v Denmark

Italy v Sweden

Czech Republic v Russia

Slovakia v Holland

Germany v Switzerland

England v Serbia

France v Norway

'This will be great experience for our players and the team that performs best, takes their chances and keeps 11 players on the pitch will go to Israel.'

In other matches, holders Spain, the Group 5 winners, were drawn against Denmark, who finished second behind Serbia in Group 4.

The team that Spain beat two years ago in the final in Denmark, Switzerland, were handed a daunting draw on Friday after being paired against Germany.

Germany, who beat England 4-0 in the final of the 2009 tournament, were unbeaten in their 10 group games, winning all but one, while scoring 39 times and conceding nine.

Holland, winners in 2006 and 2007, take on Slovakia.