Forren set for Everton medical

26/11/2012

According to TV2 in Norway, Vegard Forren will be on Merseyside either tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed move to Everton in January.

David Moyes has watched the defender play for Norwegian champions Molde and reportedly met with his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week about the possibility of signing the 24 year-old.

Talks were deemed to be at an advanced enough stage for Molde to allow their player of the year to travel to England and hopefully put the finishing touches on his move to Goodison Park when the window opens.

The obligatory YouTube highlight reel:

If Forren is to arrive in the New Year, it could spur the departure of John Heitinga around whom speculation is swirling concerning a possible move to Ajax. "A done deal," according to the usual "in the know" chatter.

Heitinga recently won back the first-choice berth in central defence in which he won the club's Player of the Season accolade last season, but that followed a few games of watching from the bench and he respectfully aired his frustrations on Twitter.

Quotes or other material sourced from TV2 Norway

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Glen Anderson
377 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:12:00
Some Norwegian Toffees on Facebook are saying this guy will cut it in the Premier League and is the best player in their league by a country mile at the moment. Sounds good to me. Distin not getting any younger. I wonder how Duffy feels though?
Ben Jones
382 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:40:05
Haha is this one story that the Daily Mail started and will be correct?

On paper, looks a good buy.

Edward Simpson
387 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:55:10
Wow, I hope this is true as this player has a huge future. I wouldn't want Heitinga to go though, he's been poor so far this season but I think he's in a bad run of form.

But if we had to fund the move for Forren then I think letting Heitinga go would be the sensible option.

Patrick Murphy
388 Posted 26/11/2012 at 23:02:59
If we were to sign a Norwegian would the other lots gate receipts and shirt sales suffer?
Steve Edwards
389 Posted 26/11/2012 at 22:51:35
Moyes needs to do something about that defence, it's all over the show and Heitinga is the main reason why. He can't play with Jags so let him go and take a chance on Forren. If he leaves things as they are we will continue to leak goals and I think Moyes knows it. Good on him if he acts now.
Jay Harris
391 Posted 26/11/2012 at 23:09:55
Being the best player in Norway does not mean an awful lot at the moment.

Based on YouTube, he does appear to read the game well but would have some work to do to cut it with the pace and physicality of the Prem.

I think he would have to do a lot of work with Distin and Weir before he is ready for first team duties so IMO he is not ready to replace JH yet.

Lloyd Farrell
394 Posted 27/11/2012 at 00:13:23
All we need now is a goalkeeper who can keep goal. Be called on and make a winning save; one who could at least take control of a situation. (Like in the last few minutes of any game.) One who doesn't do star jumps & flap like a mofo.

[Fuming over the last few games & the results...]

Nick Armitage
396 Posted 27/11/2012 at 00:13:04
Looks nowt to get excited about, even on YouTube.
Chris Cook
400 Posted 27/11/2012 at 00:42:31
At least he's got the hoofball down to a tee.

He's exactly what we're missing. :D
Tom Dodds
403 Posted 27/11/2012 at 00:44:26
Well and good, and his distribution looks good on the YouTube clip, although I didn't sense a great deal otherwise on it.

One point though: I'm just wondering why the club bothers its arse over having a youth academy... I just cannot fathom the waste of staff/youth wages when it's in-your-face obvious that none of them will ever ever come through to the first team. Because of, on the one hand, Moyes's reticence and paranoia of feeding them into the first team, in case they....

A. Displace a favourite;
B. Make nail-biting knife-through-the-heart of the game mistakes; or
C. Ask for a bloody wage rise... à la 'Oliver' (or Baxter!)

Baffling really?....Not.
Chris Law
405 Posted 27/11/2012 at 01:10:49
If he had've pulled off a Mexes at 2:03 then that video would have been impressive.
Christopher Kelly
410 Posted 27/11/2012 at 05:02:57
I agree, Tom. For all the hype regarding developing talent (which is what we should be doing), we don't seem to have too much in the pipeline at the minute (especially if Moyes won't play them when we are rubbish).

That is the only way forward for a team on a small budget imo.

Phil Sammon
414 Posted 27/11/2012 at 07:25:19
How much do you think the academy costs us?

£25+ million Rooney
£12 million Rodwell

I think that about covers it.

Sam Hoare
416 Posted 27/11/2012 at 07:27:46
I've seen better YouTube highlights!

Certainly looks comfortable on the ball though might give us a few heart in mouth moments as he tries to dribble round ratface in our own penalty box?

I would be happier if he came across more of a young Vidic, a really strong physical man mountain of a centre back who can dominate in the air but am prepared to give this lad the benefit of the doubt if he's coming to join.

James Morgan
417 Posted 27/11/2012 at 08:15:37
Not quite as exciting as the Kevin Mirallas highlight reel but what do you expect from a centre half?
No harm having more quality on the books but it's glaringly obvious we need more in midfield, and what's becoming more apparent to me as time goes by is that we need a better keeper than Tim Howard. Too many mistakes, and making good saves after cocking up doesn't make up for letting in a howler! Only scoring makes up for it!
Chris Williamson
418 Posted 27/11/2012 at 08:29:37
I hope his medical can find the massive big toe he must have that accounts for that first touch.

I think any prem striker watching that will just learn to stand off him a yard and wait to receive the ball.

Mike Oates
420 Posted 27/11/2012 at 08:59:06
If we get him it must be the end for both Heitinga and Duffy. Heitinga has been absolutely useless in his 3-4 years at Everton, except for maybe a 3-month spell last season. He's poor in the air, he's slow, he always has to fly through his opponent, his positional sense is dire (as was seen big time in the Euros), and he hates the one-on-one situation with any forward.

Duffy I feel is a big strong lad who can win balls, win headers, but his distribution is woeful and I'm sure that's what has held him back.

Steve King
422 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:19:03
Mike I think you've been watching a different Heitinga to me!!!

He's the bald one in the centre of defense right?? The one that won 'Fans Player of the Season' last year? The same fella that was at the heart of the Dutch defense when they went all the way to the World Cup Final?

I, for one, would rather not lose him and replace him with a fella I've never heard of from the Norwegian league.

Distin, however, is getting old and wont be around much longer......

Jason Heng
423 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:24:23
Left-sided centre back — more likely a replacement for Distin than Heitinga. Good pair of feet, but don't look too robust and may attack too much for Moyes' liking.
James Martin
424 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:24:13
Wasn't Heitinga player of the season last year Mike? And also an integral part of the league's third best defense that conceded most of its goals when he wasn't playing? Was he not also part of the Holland team that ground their way to a World Cup Final on defensive solidity? He's in bad form undoubtedly but are we not going to give him a chance to get back to what he was?
Barry Stevens
425 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:21:24
Mike Oates (#420):

That is the most spot-on observation of JH I've seen on ToffeeWeb.
Sam Hoare
426 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:31:52
I'm not sure how much I would miss Heitinga. Although his presence at times has seemed to improve our defense I can't really work out why. Distribution aside he lacks a lot of useful qualities for a centre back. He's slow, weak in the air and does not make a huge number of interceptions or clearances. Perhaps it's his communication that has at times improved our defense?

I can remember too many times when he has been beaten in the air or on the ground and lost his man for a goal, Norwich being the last crucial example.

He's not exactly a liability but neither does he fill me with confidence. If we were offered £5m or more for him I think we might be able to find a better replacement. Maybe Forren?

Dan McKie
427 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:40:55
What gets me is why would anyone bother their arse to make this YouTube video?

I'm glad Moyes is addressing the position though, and I wouldn't mind if we sold Heitinga too, he just isn't value for money right now. One of the highest earners and lowest performers, get rid whilst we can still make our money back on him.

Andrew Ellams
429 Posted 27/11/2012 at 09:46:06
I don't think Duffy has too much to worry about. We have Heitinga apparently on the way out and Distin not getting any younger and he is still quite young by centre half standards. If he is good enough, he will comoe through.

Did I read Hangeland at Fulham is on a free at the end of the season? Now that would be a quality signing

Phil Walling
432 Posted 27/11/2012 at 10:08:52
If we are looking to Norway for addition to our defence, Lillyhammer`s Steve van Zandt would do better than Heitinga`s been doing since his recent return... and he can play the guitar!
Roberto Birquet
433 Posted 27/11/2012 at 10:07:15
Steve King: defence, not defense. Once is unfortunate, twice seems sloppy. Bit like first and last few minutes of game defending at Everton this season.

Why do so many TWers spell that word with an s?

Roberto Birquet
434 Posted 27/11/2012 at 10:17:49
Bleedin' Nora, Sam Hoare, too. Can we get spelling police on TW?
Amit Vithlani
435 Posted 27/11/2012 at 10:13:52
Personally I don't think we have bad players at Centre Half. Duffy looks a good prospect and Jags, Distin and Heitinga at their best are tough players to get past. Our issue has been organisation. A big chunk of the goals conceded have been from corners and free-kicks. Howard doesn't communicate properly with the defence and the players don't seem to know who they are marking.

We could have Bobby Moore and Franz Beckenbauer lining up at Centre Half and Gordon Banks in goal but if we don't sort out basic marking and communication issues we will still ship goals from set pieces.With Stubbs, Weir and Moyes being all ex-defenders it is baffling that we struggle on the basics in so many games. All our centre halves have shown excellent abilities to deal with set-pieces – even Heitinga. He is good at positioning and disturbing the opposition when balls are flighted in.

The most infuriating brain fart Moyes and the coaching team had this season was in the derby, where we looked like we would concede every time there was a corner. Whoever was responsible did not do a proper job that week of preparing the players.

Sam Hoare
439 Posted 27/11/2012 at 11:24:28
It's not wrong Roberto, its just the American version. I assume thats ok as this is a football website and not a British English spelling test?
Jamie Barlow
440 Posted 27/11/2012 at 11:07:09
Roberto, my spell check always changes 'defence' to 'defense'. Maybe they just couldn't be arsed to change it back. Is it the American way of spelling it?
James Morgan
441 Posted 27/11/2012 at 11:28:48
Yeah, Roberto, if people want to drive their station wagons or sedans filled with gas whilst eating potato chips and making calls on their cell to Mom to see if she put their sneakers in the trunk and left the trash on the sidewalk, who are you to complain? That's just BS you SOB!
I could eat some fries and bagels right now...
Sam Hoare
442 Posted 27/11/2012 at 11:56:13
Yeah, no need to critizise or apologize...
Ian Bennett
443 Posted 27/11/2012 at 12:25:46
Bye bye, Heitinga.
Bertie Alloff
444 Posted 27/11/2012 at 12:15:46
Best thing about the video was Bon Scott's AC/DC. I wish the lad well but I'm concerned that somebody's best of clips are a little, well, average. I do however trust Moyes and Davie Weir's judgement of a defender.
Liam Reilly
445 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:08:31
I recall Jo looked good on You Tube, so wouldn't pay much attention to that.

I can see JH leaving in the transfer window and the need for a Central Defender increasing, so probably a lot of truth in this.

Matt Thomas
446 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:10:39
Great... a left-side centreback who can hoof it... along with Jagielka, a right-sided centreback who can hoof it...
Steve King
447 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:16:47
In my defense Roberto the spell checker corrected it.....and again......oh fuck it!
Sam Jennings
448 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:37:12
Heitinga is so slow it's embarrassing, he is both weak and poor in the air. Distin is still fairly quick, he is strong and good in the air. I wonder which CB this lad will be replacing?
Ian Bennett
449 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:53:17
Any views on Scott Dann? He could be available cheap from Blackburn?
James Martin
450 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:55:24
The dearth of quality available centrebacks is astonishing. Wherever you look in the premier league there's bad centrebacks. Lets hope Moyes has unearthed a Vidic type here.
Julian Wait
451 Posted 27/11/2012 at 13:56:11
Not impressed by the video at all to be honest, looks slow, weak in the tackle, and I think he will find this league very hard.
Jon Ferguson
452 Posted 27/11/2012 at 14:24:58
It's amazing how differetly people can view a video like that.

I thought he looks okay, he certainly doesn't look slow, his touch does look slightly heavy at times, but then some of his passing looks good. He's also pretty tall and likely to fill out over the next few years.

It's important to note that this is not a best of video, it's his highlights from two games. Also, it should be noted that the quality of the opposition is going to be a big leap for him.

Roberto Birquet
467 Posted 27/11/2012 at 15:09:16
You can put spellchecker on UK English, or right click your mouse and add defence to your dictionary. If you're American, it's fine, otherwise it's misspelling.

Shoot the messenger. Oh, and we need a right back.

Steffen Derbyshire
519 Posted 27/11/2012 at 17:51:38
James Morgan (#417), I think that's our main problem, Tim needs to go like yesterday and we need another crafty midfielder, it's obvious our players are complacent.
Jimmy Sørheim
958 Posted 29/11/2012 at 22:41:32
As I live in Norway I can tell you all that this guy is a very decent prospect just waiting to be plucked by a big club. He still has a way to go but not much, so him being a left sided defender he will likely replace Distin IF Everton have the money to buy him which I doubt, given the Rodwell money is used up. Too bad if we miss out on him, would have liked him at Everton.

Duffy to me is around the same level as this guy, only problem is Forren is playing in the Europa League and for Norway while Duffy is not getting any playing time at all. With our defence being so poor at the moment I cannot understand why Moyes does not play Duffy. Surely he showed he can take it last season.

By the way, if Moyes is not planning on playing Barkley then why take him away from Sheffield Wed??? Duffy too could be out on loan in the Championship right now, instead he is rotting away at U-21 level.

Moyes and his handling of our young players make me angry, he needs to get some balls and play the likes of Barkley or Barkley will leave to get playing time somewhere else!

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