West Ham join race for World Cup star Vida

According to Sabah, West Ham United have joined the race to sign Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida, with the Hammers offering £20m for the Croatian international.

What’s the story?

It appears that Vida will have the pick of a number of Premier League clubs this summer, having impressed for Croatia on their run to the final of the 2018 World Cup.

Everton and Liverpool have both been credited with an interest in the central defender, but according to Sabah, West Ham are also very much in the hunt, and it is understood that the London club have made an offer of around £20m.

Vida only joined Besiktas from Dynamo Kiev in January, but it is believed that the defender is unsettled in Turkish football.

It seems likely that the 29-year-old will move on before this summer’s transfer window closes for business, and West Ham could be getting their chequebook out once again to complete the signing of the 6ft ace.

Do West Ham need him?

West Ham’s summer spending has been quite incredible, with Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks all moving to the Hammers ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Diop and Balbuena have boosted head coach Manuel Pellegrini’s options at centre-back, but with Winston Reid facing a spell on the sidelines, there is no question that there is room for another defender this summer.

Vida is not the quickest or most technical of centre-backs, but he is an absolute warrior, and could be the type of character that thrives at a club like West Ham.

Indeed, it would more than likely not take Vida too long to become a cult hero, especially as you could imagine him relishing the London derbies next season.

It remains to be seen just how much more money Pellegrini has to spend this summer, but a move for Vida certainly makes sense.