According to a report from Yeni Asir, Liverpool are eyeing a shock swoop for alleged West Ham target Domagoj Vida in a bargain deal this summer.
David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
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But it seems strange that Reds chief Jurgen Klopp would be keen to do the same at Anfield.
Liverpool have the best central defender in the world in the form of Virgil van Dijk. They also have Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.
So centre-back is hardly an area where the Reds will be prioritising this summer.
But Yeni Asir claims that Vida could be a target for Liverpool. And that will make West Ham’s task of signing the 31-year-old a lot harder.
Yeni Asir suggest that the Croatian World Cup finalist is at the top of Klopp’s list as he looks to add experienced cover for Van Dijk and Gomez.
Vida is well-renowned for being a tenacious , tough-tackling defender.
In 22 league outings for Besiktas this season, the 79-capped Croatia international 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 already on the wrong side of 31.
Takvim claimed at the end of last year that the Turkish club could be willing to sell Vida for around £8.5 million.
And it today’s climate, that could be a real bargain for either Liverpool or West Ham.
If the Reds are really in for the experienced centre-back, however, the Hammers might just be set to miss out on his signature.
But in truth, it’s highly questionable whether Vida would be a useful addition for either Liverpool of West Ham.