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
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.