The Norwegian has signed for Brighton and Hove Albion almost a decade after Dennis Wise scouted him at Newcastle United.
Leeds United arguably had the ideal opportunity to sure up their defensive options ahead of the Championship play-off race run in.
The Celtic manager wanted Brighton's newbie on loan at Liverpool in 2015.
The Norwegian has signed for Brighton and Hove Albion - with Aston Villa possibly having to settle for the 32-year-old.
The free agent looks set for a move to Brighton and Hove Albion, with Nottingham Forest seemingly not even in the race.
Brighton and Hove Albion are reportedly set to win the race for free agent defender Vegard Forren.
The centre-back could be needed at Elland Road.
Stefan Johansen believes Vegard Forren and Martin Linnes are good enough to play for Celtic.
Former Southampton defender Vegard Forren has called Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney 'a bit chubby' ahead of England's match against Norway tomorrow.
Vegard Forren had a time to forget at Southampton - and a night to forget in Norway yesterday.