Southampton’s Norwegian defender Vegard Forren has turned down a loan move to former club Molde to fight for his place.
Forren, 25, signed for the Premier League outfit in January for a fee of £3.5 million but he did not feature once in the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Molde wanted to bring him back on loan but Forren is keen on remaining at Southampton, despite the club spending more than £8 million to sign Croatian defender Dejan Lovren in the close-season.
Southampton also have Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida and Jos Hooiveld also as centre-backs but Forren wants to prove himself at St Mary’s.
“I am very fond of Molde and hope they do well,” he told the Daily Echo.
“But right now it’s not an option for me.”
Forren’s representative, Jim Solbakken, spoke recently about the player’s future at Southampton, insisting that the Norway international is determined to make a name for himself in the Premier League this season.
“When we took Vegard to Southampton it was obviously in the middle of the season (in England) and he came from holiday, so it was agreed he was going to build his fitness towards this summer’s pre-season and upcoming season,” Solbakken said.
“It is obviously a huge step for a player coming from Norway to the Premier League and it takes time.
“He is patient, ready and committed to that. We knew what was coming and we all agreed.”
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