West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida if the Baggies are promoted to the Premier League this term.
West Brom are second in the Championship as things stand, one point back from league leaders Leeds United and six points above the play-off places with nine games remaining.
Their promotion push has been put on hold for the time being due to the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but you feel the Midlands club will want to be ready to hit the ground running when it returns.
The delay to the season could mean changes to the transfer market and the Baggies will want to head into the upcoming window as prepared as possible to ensure they make the necessary changes to their squad.
According to Turkish news site Fanatik, West Brom are considering a move for Vida from Besiktas should they secure promotion to the Premier League.
The report claims that the central defender is at the top of Slaven Bilic’s transfer list, with the duo having worked together when the Baggies boss was in charge of the Croatian national side.
It is thought that West Brom would have to pay €10 million (£8.72m) to sign the 30-year-old, who is currently earning €3 million a year (around £50,000 per week) at the Turkish club.
This is an interesting one and could be a smart move from the Baggies.
Vida has shown his quality in leagues across Europe, as well as in both the Champions League, the Europa League and for his country – most notably in the 2018 World Cup.
The price-tag isn’t huge for a player of his level and experience but his wages mean it is unlikely to be a particularly cheap deal.
He appears to be someone that Bilic is keen on from their previous time together so the Baggies boss knows exactly what he’s getting and is a real boost as it should help Vida settle at the Hawthorns.