Domagoj Vida's Croatia heroics show why Everton and West Ham are linked

West Ham fans celebrate after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Everton and West Ham United reportedly want to bring centre-back Domagoj Vida to the Premier League and no wonder considering his World Cup displays.

Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida (L) fights for the ball with Argentina's forward Lionel Messi during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the...

Everton and West Ham United had two of the leakiest defences in the Premier League last season. The Toffees were a shadow of the side that was so often an impossible nut to crack during the David Moyes era, while no side in the top flight conceded more goals than the Hammers.

But is Domagoj Vida really the man to solve their problems? Turkish publication Skor has claimed that both Everton and West Ham are interested in the Besiktas defender, who is far from a household name or one of the most eye-catching defenders on the market.

West Ham fans celebrate after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Anyone who watched Croatia dismantle Argentina in the World Cup on Thursday night, however, will tell you just what Vida would bring to either Goodison Park or the London Stadium.

Stunning goals from Luka Modric and Ante Rebic will live long in the memory as Argentina were humiliated 3-0 against their Balkan opponents, but Vida deserves a huge amount of credit for keeping Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala off the score sheet at the other end.

TOPSHOT - Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida (R) and teammates celebrate their victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the...

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Alongside the similarly inspired Dejan Lovren, the ponytailed 29-year-old threw his body in the way of almost everything as Croatia kept a second clean sheet in two World Cup games. It was a display of pure diligence and determination – one Vida’s Argentine counterparts could learn a thing or two from.

Far too often last season Everton and West Ham seemed to collapse, beaten and broken. Vida’s arrival could ensure that does not happen again.

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