Sheffield United are hoping to pip Aston Villa to the signing of Croatian international, Domagoj Vida.
According to reports in Turkey (Takvim – via the Sheffield Star), Vida is wanted by Chris Wilder as he looks to add further depth to his defence.
Vida is a seasoned veteran in European football and is currently plying his trade with Besiktas. Indeed, he was one of the standout performers for Croatia in the 2018 World Cup, helping them to final.
However, the 30-year-old is now reportedly wanted by the Blades. Aston Villa are also thought to be interested, with Dean Smith looking to fight off the threat of relegation.
Vida has enjoyed a fine career on the continent. He moved to Dinamo Kyiv from his homeland, before making the move to Turkey just a few seasons ago. He’s since gone on to be a regular for the Turkish giants, scoring three goals this season from centre-half.
An experienced campaigner
The more the transfer window rumbles on, the more names seem to get linked with the Blades.
Chris Wilder is clearly trying to improve his defence. Indeed, reports emerged earlier today that he could look to complete a £10m double swoop for Luke Woolfenden and Elias Cobbaut.
If those rumours are true, then, it makes it unlikely the Blades would pursue a deal for Vida. Furthermore, he’s 30-years-old now and likely on a hefty wage. Add to that the fact he is contracted until 2022, and a deal looks less and less likely.
However, the Blades have been known to spring a surprise or two in the past. There’s little doubt the club is exploring European markets now.
The might well mean there is some truth in the Vida rumours. Although, if Aston Villa do come in for him, the way they are spending money, they are likely to offer the Croatian the more attractive package.