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The Molde boss and former Manchester United striker advised his fellow Norwegian to take the opportunity to move to the Premier League with the south coast outfit

Southampton new-boy Vegard Forren has revealed that Molde boss and former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced him to join the club ahead of Liverpool.

The Norwegian centre-back eschewed a week-long trial with the Merseyside club in favour of heading down to the south coast club for talks before sealing a move.

And, ahead of a possible Premier League debut at Solkjaer's former haunt Old Trafford on Wednesday, the 24-year-old has claimed his old manager influenced his decision.

He told reporters: “I never came close to joining Liverpool because Southampton felt right for me.

“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League but after coming here and speaking with the chairman I really felt wanted.

“Ole was very supportive of the move and I spoke with him a lot before coming here. He really wanted me to take this opportunity.”

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