West Brom chiefs have held talks with Besiktas as they aim to sign Croatian centre-back Domagoj Vida, according to Hurriyet.
The Turkish news outlet claims that Besiktas manager Sergen Yalçın has given the green light to sell Vida, 31, this summer with the player seen as a “major problem” in Istanbul due to the financial burden of his wages.
It is understood that Bestikas told West Brom they would settle for selling the Croatia international for £4.5million. Albion have reportedly responded by saying they will consider the deal and make a decision by Tuesday.
Vida is a defender who has a lot of experience.
In his career, he’s earned 79 caps for Croatia – the first of which coming when Slaven Bilic was in charge of the Croatian national team.
He’s also played in the Bundesliga, Champions League, Europa League, European Championships and the World Cup final.
The Baggies need a new partner for Semi Ajayi this summer after Kyle Bartley and Ahmed Hegazi showed flaws in the Championship that will be exposed week after week in the Premier League.
Ajayi is a pacey, athletic centre-back while Vida comes across as a leader and a brute of a centre-back who could combine very well with West Brom’s Nigeria international.
Vida’s age will concern some West Brom fans but at 31, he could add the much-needed experience into the back-line that Bilic is looking for.
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