West Ham interested in £4.5m-rated 81-cap defender

September 18, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

West Ham are keen to sign Croatia international Domagoj Vida this summer, according to reports in Turkey.

The centre-back moved to Besiktas in January 2018, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract. He has been a key player for the Turkish outfit in that time, making 96 appearances in all competitions.

Vida made his senior debut for Croatian-side Osijek when he was just 17. The 31-year-old spent a brief time at Bayer Leverkusen, but between 2011 and 2018 he was a key player for Dinamo Zagreb and Dinamo Kyiv.

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He is most well-known however for his time playing for the Croatian national team. Vida made his senior debut in 2010, and he has been a regular in the side since, earning 81 caps.

Vida’s highlights for Croatia came during the 2018 World Cup. He helped his side reach the final of the tournament, but they were beaten 4-2 by France as Croatia came runners-up.

According to Turkish outlet Takvim, West Ham have picked out the centre-back as a potential new recruit during this window.

The Hammers are reportedly preparing a £4.5 million bid for the Croatian. The Londoners are said to have been keen to sign Vida for a while, having been linked with him earlier this year.

David Moyes is keen to bolster his defence before the window shuts. Angelo Ogbonna shone under Moyes last season, and they also still have Issa Diop who often plays alongside him.

Vida is likely to replace Fabian Balbuena, who looks set to leave the club, according to Football Insider.

West Ham have still only made one signing this summer. Tomas Soucek’s loan deal from Slavia Prague was made permanent for around £14.5m.

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