Would Vegard Forren have suited Aston Villa more than Christopher Samba?

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The Norwegian has signed for Brighton and Hove Albion - with Aston Villa possibly having to settle for the 32-year-old.

England's Danny Welbeck (L) in action with Norway's Vegard Forren

As far as transfer failures go, Vegard Forren’s £4 million move from Molde to Southampton belongs right at the top the snappiest of listicles, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Six months after arriving at St Mary’s, the Norwegian centre-back returned to his homeland for absolutely nothing. Oh, and just for the record, he managed a grand total of zero appearances in his half-season in the English game.

However, Forren completed a surprise return to English football on Tuesday. Brighton and Hove Albion beat off competition from Leeds United and Aston Villa to secure the services of the 29-year-old free agent, according to The Argus, to cover the absences of Shane Duffy and Conor Goldson.

And the news will be of particular interest to Aston Villa. After all, they are already in the market for a free agent of their own after Christopher Samba continued his trial period at the club by playing for the Under-23s against Wolves on Monday.

Playing just six league games for Dinamo Moscow and Panathinaikos since the start of 2015, the 32-year-old was last seen in England failing to keep QPR in the top flight despite a £12 million transfer fee and £100,000-a-week wages, as reported by the BBC

QPR's Christopher Samba  and Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (R) in action

Therefore, Forren, three years Samba’s junior who played 23 times for Molde last season, may have appeared a far more enticing addition among Villa supporters when compared to a player who peaked at Blackburn five years ago.

But the Norwegian is now set to spend the rest of the season on the south coast, and Villa will be waiting to see if their bruising centre-back trialist can finally seal a deal after spending two weeks desperately attempting to prove his fitness.

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