Last Updated: Thu, 23 May 2013 15:13
Vegard Forren is ready to end his five-month Southampton nightmare after losing his place in the Norway squad this week.
The 25-year-old ex-Molde defender signed for Saints just before Mauricio Pochettino's arrival in January and did not play a single minute for the first team last season.
Mauricio Pochettino's reluctance to use the centre-back, who was also interesting Everton, Fulham and Liverpool in the winter transfer window, is puzzling given his former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's insistence that Forren is good enough to play for Manchester United.
Norway coach Egil Olsen kept faith with him when he selected him to start against Albania in his side's 1-0 home defeat last March, despite Forren not having played a first-team game in four months.
But the ex-Wimbledon boss has wielded the axe ahead of the return clash in Albania next month, leaving a bitter Forren to consider his future.
The Southampton defender said: "I'm surprised and disappointed. I think I deserved a place in the squad to play Albania. I've not got worse at Southampton."
Forren's club future could lie abroad with rumoured interest in the defender from clubs in Spain and Italy set to test Saints' resolve to keep their £4million signing later this summer.
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