According to a report from Turkish media outlet Takvim, West Ham want to sign Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida in January.

The Hammers have been very poor defensively over the past six weeks. And the addition of an established centre-back in January is much-needed.

Fabian Balbuena has been a shadow of the player he was last season. Issa Diop is still a long way from the finished article. And Winston Reid cannot be trusted from a fitness perspective.

Angelo Ogbonna, meanwhile, is steady if not spectacular.

 

And Takvim claims that Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bolster his defensive ranks by bringing Vida to West Ham in January.

Besiktas Istanbul v Galatasaray Istanbul - Sueper Lig

Domagoj Vida (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The 79-capped Croatia international is a decent performer. He has played in a World Cup final, and has three league titles to his name.

He is 30, however, and it is fair to argue that he isn’t a truly elite defender.

Signing Vida would surely be a backwards step. West Ham should be targeting young players with great potential, not washed up old journeymen.

Takvim claims Vida would cost around €10 million (£8.5 million), and the Hammers would be far better served in spending that kind of money elsewhere.

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