Manchester United are stepping up interest in Molde defender Vegard Forren.

The Manchester Evening News says Forren has shown up on United's radar as the 24-year-old's form alerts the Premier League.

Forren has forged a partnership with Fulham's Brede Hangeland at the centre of Norway's defence in 2012 and has helped Molde to back-to-back Tippeligaen triumphs in Solskjaer's tenure as manager.

Everton sent a four-strong delegation headed by boss David Moyes to watch Forren last month for club and country.

But the Reds have been monitoring Forren before Norway's winter break and there is almost certain to have been communication between Fergie and his former striker.

"We haven't received any offer for Vegard. But there are many who have enquired about Vegard. I am expecting that we might receive an offer in January," said Solskjaer to the Manchester Evening News.

"Yes, he could play for Manchester United but I don't have to tell him that. At his best, he is a very good footballer."