Domagoj Vida's career takes strange turn after reported West Ham and Everton bids

16th September 2018, Goodison Park, Liverpool, England; EPL Premier League Football, Everton versus West Ham United; Marco Silva,Everton manager and Manuel Pellegrini, manager of West Ham...

Premier League duo Everton and West Ham reportedly bid £15m and £20m for Croatia's World Cup hero Domagoj Vida.

Domagoj Vida of Croatia looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Cast your mind back to the summer and Domagoj Vida was one of the most regular names in the transfer gossip columns. The fiery Besiktas centre-back emerged as one of the shock stars of the 2018 World Cup, helping Croatia reach the final and beat the likes of Argentina and England along the way.

And according to Turkish publication Sabah, West Ham United and Everton were two sides who made big-money bids for a player who joined Besiktas from Dinamo Zagreb on a free at the start of 2018.

 

It was reported that West Ham offered £20 million while Everton put £15 million on the table for a player who had never really had his share of the limelight until this year.

But by the end of the summer, West Ham and Everton turned to other options with Besiktas demanding £30 million. The Hammers signed Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena while another World Cup star, the Colombian Yerry Mina, moved to Goodison Park from Barcelona.

Domagoj Vida of Besiktas arrives at Linz ahead of the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round return match between LASK Linz and Besiktas at Linzer Stadium in Linz, Austria on August 15,...

And just three months after receiving mega bids from the Premier League, Vida’s career could now take a strange turn.

According to Haberler, Vida is now the subject of a £9 million bid from Slaven Bilic’s Al-Ittihad – who finished ninth in the Saudi Arabian top flight last season. However, Besiktas want closer to £13 million.

His Premier League chance certainly seems to have passed him by now.

Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida (R) vies for the ball with England's forward Harry Kane during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the...

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