Forren seals Southampton move

BY foxsports • January 18, 2013

Fiorentina have signed Siena striker Marcelo Larrondo on loan until the end of the season, the Serie A club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old Argentinian had been restricted to just three league appearances this term and moves across Tuscany to bolster La Viola's attack, with a view to making the move permanent at the end of the season.

A statement on Viola Channel read: "Fiorentina can confirm acquiring the services of Marcelo Alejandro Paez Larrondo.

"Larrondo, born in Tunuyan on August 16, 1988, arrives on loan with an option to buy him from Siena. He will wear the number 18 shirt."

Larrondo joined Siena in 2009 and played a key role in helping the Bianconeri to promotion from Serie B in the 2010-11 season.

Wembley is looking for a lead partner and there have been reports it is close to signing a deal with phone giant EE that would see the national stadium renamed 'Wembley Stadium in association with EE'.

An FA spokesman said: "There are no naming rights available for Wembley Stadium and there is nothing to report about any rights deals being signed with any company at present."

The Northern Ireland defender this week extended his loan deal from Manchester City until the summer, when he will be free to find a new club.

The 23-year-old is at his sixth loan club and is looking to put down some roots - and has not ruled out a permanent stay at Easter Road.

McGivern said: "I always wanted to stay and when the club said they wanted me I jumped at the chance

"My contract is up at the end of the season so it's a case of looking after myself and doing as well as I can between now and then.

"I will definitely be moving on from City in the summer. I'm at the stage of my career where I need to get out and settle down and improve myself.

"I have had quite a lot of loan spells and now is the time to settle down.

"You could say I'm in the shop window but I'm not looking at it like that.

"I'm just trying to do my best for Hibernian and hopefully we can have a really good season."

When asked if he could stay at Hibs beyond this season, McGivern said: "Possibly, yes. I'm just concentrating on doing as well as I can here and once the summer comes, whatever offers come my way then I will sit down and see what's best for myself."

Forren, 24, has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Saints.

Capped five times by Norway, Forren was named player of the year in Tippeligaen in November.

Forren, who was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to watch Southampton's 2-2 draw with Chelsea, could make his debut against Everton.

Liverpool showed an interest in the defender, inviting him over to England for a trial, but Forren was excited by what the future could hold for Southampton.

"It's a dream come true for me. Southampton is a big club in the Premier League, which is where I have always wanted to come and play football," Forren said.

"When I was told of the interest from Southampton, straight away I wanted to come and talk to the chairman. We had a chat and I was very impressed - there was no doubt that this is where I wanted to be.

"The plan the chairman has for this club is fantastic. There is a good, young squad here and the way they play fits me well, so I hope I can join the team and get some good results."

Forren officially joins Southampton on the day the club sacked Nigel Adkins and replaced him as manager with the former Argentina international Mauricio Pochettino.


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