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.

In other West Brom news, Albion have seen a loan bid for this £9million-rated player rejected.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. If BILLIC says he’s good enough and FIT enough then 31 or not £4.5 mill fee is nothing. In Prem terms.
    The problem will almost certainly be his wages

  2. Why do people who know nothing about West Brom write articles like this?
    “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 was the one dropped recently. All three have shone at different times.

    • Ajayi was dropped for one game so Bartley and Hegazi could start v Sheffield Wednesday and counter their aerial threat. They kept a clean sheet so Bilic stuck with them for the next game. Ajayi was then straight back into the team. He started all but four Championship matches last season. Agree that all three have shone at different times but Ajayi was by far the best of them

  3. I feel that all 3,centre backs working together are not good enough for the premier league. They make far too many mistakes. We do need a commanding no 5 wether this guy from Beskitas is the one I’m not sure. Certainly has bags of experience and Bilic would know that

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