Very dubious transfer story claims Newcastle United interested in Domagoj Vida in January
Newcastle United are claimed to be interested in a January deal for Domagoj Vida.
After five years with Dynamo Kiev, the player let his contract run down and left as a free agent to join Besiktas in summer 2018.
Never the most reliable with their transfer stories, the Turkish media claim Newcastle are prepared to pay 10m euros (approx £8.5m) for the Croatian international in January.
Turkish media outlet Takvim say that Brighton, West Ham and Norwich are also interested.
As well as the transfer exclusive coming from the Turkish media, nothing else makes sense about the transfer story either.
Domagoj Vida happens to be a central defender and it is the last position you would imagine Newcastle buying a player for, having half a dozen very good options already.
He is a good player and as well as club football, has 79 appearances for Croatia, including beating England in the semi and then losing to France in the 2018 World Cup final.
However, the thought of Mike Ashley paying a decent fee and big wages on a player who turns 31 in April is a ‘little’ unlikely.
One positive though is that his price tag appears to have rapidly reduced, as in May this year Takvim claimed clubs such as Tottenham and Wolves were prepared to pay 20m euros (Approx £17m) for Domagoj Vida.
More likely claims this week have seen media claims in England saying that central midfield is the position Steve Bruce most wants to strengthen, with a striker the secondary target.
However, loan deals are said to be the most likely, including Granit Xhaka.
Much though could depend on whether Newcastle can move players out, such as Colback, Muto and Saivet, even if only on loan to shift some of their wages. Whilst a sale/loan of Dwight Gayle looks a strong possibility if Newcastle can bring somebody in, as Steve Bruce has shown no inclination to use him.
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