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Newcastle are interested in Besiktas’ Domagoj Vida and according to Turkish outlet Takvim they could pursue a deal in January.
The Croatia international was part of the team which made the 2018 World Cup final, with his performances throughout the tournament attracting interest from a number of suitors.
Liverpool were amongst those linked in summer last year but they failed to meet his club’s £22m asking price, which shows the pedigree that Vida has.
Newcastle, however, have a chance of striking a bargain, as Takvim report that he could be available for as little as €10m (£8.5m), but with other Premier League interest from Brighton there could be potential for that fee to rise.
Vida has spoken previously about his “dream” to play in the Premier League, but just because he’s available for a cut-price, it doesn’t mean the Magpies should make a move.
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Newcastle are well-stocked at centre-back and it is perhaps the area with the most strength in depth, with a number of players able to perform well there.
Previously fringe players like Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett have impressed in recent games, with the former’s recent comments highlighting the difficulty Steve Bruce is already having in keeping his players happy.
Vida would only add to that problem, and while he is a player with great experience and ability – hence why Liverpool were interested – it is a move which doesn’t consider short or long-term planning.
The Magpies would be better focusing their money on an area of the sqaud which is in most need of reinforcement, such as up-front as the team has just 11 league goals so far.
The arrival of the Croatian could threaten to disrupt the harmony of the back three and ostracise others who have played well, which wouldn’t reflect well on Bruce or do him any favours with the rest of the squad.