Report: Fulham want Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham gives instructions during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Southampton FC at Craven Cottage on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Premier League strugglers Fulham need a new centre-back and could reportedly go for Croatian World Cup finalist Domagoj Vida in January.

Croatia's Domagoj Vida (R) vies during the World Cup 2018 play-off football match Greece vs Croatia, on November 12, 2017 in Piraeus.

Domagoj Vida might have missed out on a move to the Premier League in the summer but it seems he still has admirers in arguably the most high-profile competition in world football.

According to Fotomac, Fulham have expressed an interest in signing the Besiktas defender with the January transfer window set to open in a week.

 

Understandably, a new centre-back is a top priority for Claudio Ranieri, with Fulham’s defensive record leaving a lot to be desired. The Cottagers have conceded an eye-watering 42 goals in 18 games since promotion, although they did claim their first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Newcastle United.

And Fotomac believes that Vida, whose reputation skyrocketed after he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final in Russia, has emerged as Fulham’s number one target.

Besiktas' Croatian defender  Domagoj Vida (L) vies for the ball with Fenerbahce's Brazilian midfielder Guiliano (R) during  the Turkish Super Lig football match between Besiktas and...

Strong, physical and commanding, the former Dinamo Kiev man would certainly enhance a defence that has looked far too open all season.

Fanatik claimed in the summer that Besiktas were demanding £30 million for Vida, however, so Fulham will be praying that they are willing to settle for less. Fortunately for Ranieri, Besiktas are in dire straits financially, having been forced to release Vida’s centre-back partner Pepe earlier in December.

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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