According to a report from Turkish media outlet Takvim, West Ham want to sign Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida in the summer.
The 30-year-old, who was a World Cup finalist with Croatia 2018, is a vastly experienced campaigner, having made 487 career appearances for club and country.
The Hammers need to sign another centre-back in the summer, with Winston Reid facing an uncertain future in east London and Angelo Ogbonna set to turn 32 in May. The jury is still out on Fabian Balbuena too.
And Takvim claims that Vida is a target for West Ham boss David Moyes. It is claimed that Beisktas are keen to sell the defender due to their financial problems. But the Hammers moving for the 30-year-old will depend on whether they manage to avoid relegation this season.
Good signing for the Hammers?
The 79-capped Croatia international is well-renowned for being a tenacious , tough-tackling defender.
In 22 league outings for Besiktas this season, he has averaged one tackle, 1.5 interceptions, 2.2 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He has also won an average of two aerial duals per game. (Who Scored).
Vida has averaged 54.4 passes per game this season in the league, with an impressive completion rate of 90.6% (Who Scored).
So the Croatian’s stats are fairly impressive. One real worry will be his age, however. The Besiktas centre-back is set to turn 31 in April.
And he might find it difficult to acclimatise to the frenetic pace of the Premier League in his twilight years.
If West Ham can pick him up for a bargain, however, he might just be worth the risk.
Takvim claimed at the end of last year that the Turkish club could be willing to sell Vida for around £8.5 million.
And that might just represent decent value for the Hammers.