Vegard Forren (born 16 February 1988) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a centre back for Molde FK. He has been capped over thirty times for Norway.
Born in Kyrksæterøra, Forren was originally a youth player at local club KIL/Hemne, before starting his professional career with Molde in 2007. After making over 150 appearances for Molde, he joined Southampton in January 2013 for a fee in the region of £4 million, but ended up not playing a single game. He returned to Molde in July 2013 for an undisclosed fee. Forren plays primarily as a centre back.
Forren was discovered by Molde FK when they met KIL/Hemne in the first round of the Norwegian football cup. KIL/Hemne surprisingly won the match 3–1, with Forren and two other young players impressing highly. They were afterwards invited to trial for Molde in a junior tournament. Shortly after Forren signed a 5-year deal with Molde. He took the Tippeligaen with storm and European clubs as A.C. Milan, Newcastle, Liverpool and Hoffenheim, have watched him playing for Molde FK. But Forren said that he will stay in Molde FK for a while, even though his dream is to play in a bigger European league one time. He said that he was still young and have a long career in front of him. He was also linked with Lazio and F.C. Copenhagen.
After winning the Tippeligaen with Molde in 2011, Molde rejected two offers from Club Brugge in December 2011. Forren then won the Norwegian league with Molde in 2012 for the second time in the row and; VG and Aftenposten, along with broadcaster TV2, named Forren as the top defender in the Tippeligaen.
On 18 January 2013, Forren signed for Premier League side Southampton on a three-and a half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. His first game was for the club's under-21 side on 4 March against Liverpool, when he scored the opening goal for the Saints in the 30th minute with a volley. During his whole time at the club, Forren did not make an appearance for the Southampton first team.
Rumoured to make a return move back to Molde, Forren insisted he wanted to stay at Southampton to fight for his place. However, Forren left Southampton to return to Molde for an undisclosed fee. He left the club on 1 January 2017, when his contract expired.
Forren signed for Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on 7 March 2017 until the end of the 2016–17 season. He didn't make a single appearance at the club and was released at the end of the season.
Forren re-signed for Molde FK on 27 July 2017.
Forren made his debut for Norway U21 in the match against Ukraine U21 on 26 March 2008. He played a total of 14 matches for the under-21 team, scoring three goals, and was later capped twice for the under-23 team.
Forren made his debut for Norway in the 2012 King's Cup match against Thailand on 18 January 2012. He also played against South Korea a few days later, but had to wait to October 2012 for his first competitive match when he started the match against Switzerland, and played five consecutive matches alongside Brede Hangeland in Norway's central defence, until he was left out of the Norwegian squad for the match against Albania in June 2013 due to lack of playing time in Southampton.As of match played 12 August 2017
Tippeligaen: 2011, 2012, 2014
Norwegian Football Cup: 2013, 2014