Everton need to prioritise move for Vida following Richarlison capture

Everton should make a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida now that the Richarlison deal is complete, but according to Ajansspor, they face competition from Liverpool and West Ham United.

What’s the word?

It took time for Everton to kickstart their transfer spending, but they have certainly made an impression with their opening buy.

On Tuesday, the Merseyside outfit confirmed the arrival of Richarlison, who is believed to have cost around £50m from Watford, although only £35m has reportedly been paid up front.

Manager Marco Silva will hope that the Brazilian can inject some exciting attacking flair to the team, but now the coach should be focusing on defence.

Everton have Michael Keane, Ashley Williams, Phil Jageilka and Mason Holgate in their ranks, but there is a sense that a new leader needs to be recruited.

According to Ajansspor, the agent of Croatia international Vida has revealed that Everton are among the clubs interested in him.

Ugur Avaden was quoted as saying that Liverpool are also keen on potentially signing the defender, while the publication added that West Ham United are also in the race.

Why would Vida be good for Everton?

The 29-year-old, who is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, has an air of confidence about him that the Toffees lacked last season.

Michael Keane was one of the club’s big summer signings in 2017, but he had periods of inconsistency on the pitch.

Ashley Williams struggled towards the latter stages of the campaign, while Phil Jagielka and Mason Holgate were in and out of the team.

Everton need an established partnership, and with Vida’s commanding presence and aerial threat, the Croatian could end up making Keane a better player.

Liverpool can testify to that as they have witnessed Dejan Lovren improve thanks to the help of Virgil van Dijk beside him.