According to a report from Milliyet, West Ham are set to open talks with Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida imminently.
Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to bring a new centre-back to the London Stadium this summer.
Angelo Ogbonna was brilliant last season, but he will be 33 next year. The jury is still out on Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena has been heavily linked with an exit from east London (ExWHUemployee).
The trouble is, funds are tight at West Ham. So Moyes will have to be thrifty in his player recruitment.
And Milliyet claims that talks between West Ham and Besiktas regarding the potential transfer of Domagoj Vida are imminent.
Signing the Croatia international would surely make little sense, however. At 31-years-old, he doesn’t fit the profile of player David Moyes has repeatedly suggested he wants to sign this summer.
Sure, Vida is a top pro, and he could make a difference to our team. But signing him would surely completely undermine what Moyes wants to do.
The Croatian certainly wouldn’t be a signing made with one eye on the future.
And some West Ham fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the news that the Hammers could be set to open talks to sign Vida…
Another old player coming in cheap on high wages! Against the promise of young exciting talent delivered by gold and sullivan!!
— Footytalk (@Footyta62663353) September 17, 2020
I like him, but this isn’t really what the manager wanted though right. That young team he was taking about.. this is very short term. Joke of a club.
— Max Drayne (@coleyLOL) September 18, 2020
But I thought we were going to buy young promising talent? Oh hang on…… no we don’t we sell them
— Marcus Rowswell⚒ (@MarcusRowswell) September 17, 2020
So we bid £30mil for one get told to F off basically, then we bid €5mil (EUROS) for another….This is the West Ham Way. It was all just a smoke screen to shut us up about Grady! #GSBOUT
— Jason blundell (@JasonJason07977) September 17, 2020
Wow it feels like I have gone back a few years and Bilic Is in charge
— Steve Merry (@steve_merry7) September 17, 2020
31 going on 32 decent player but this is typical short term again, where’s this young energetic team we were told.
— WACCA147 (@Wacca1970) September 17, 2020
What Dave wants versus what Dave actually gets are 2 very different things #GSBOUT
— GarethS (@Steedthehammer) September 17, 2020
This just isn’t going well for Dithering Dave is it with his RB philosophy or his Young, English, hungry recruits 🙄 #GSBOUT
— Gez Barton (@bartong2011) September 17, 2020
Sounds about west ham
— Jacob (@JakeWHU17) September 18, 2020
Panic scattergun transfers as usual…….
— Joe Bearman (@joe_bearman) September 17, 2020
this is the most west ham signing in the history of ever. and not in a good way.
— #GSBOUT Declan Rice (@ProjectDekkers) September 17, 2020