Aston Villa are interested in signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida, according to Turkish Football.
Dean Smith is keen to bolster his defensive ranks and the Villans are one of a number of clubs keen on Vida.
The Croatian enforcer is wanted by Villa and Watford, with the report suggesting the Premier League duo have both made contact to the Turkish club.
Vida, 30, joined Besiktas in 2018. His move came on the back of a stunning World Cup where he led Croatia to the final where they were beaten by France.
Villa are languishing near the bottom of the Premier League after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Leicester City.
It isn’t likely to be a busy transfer window for Smith. He added 12 new players to his ranks in the summer spending over £100 million in the process.
Tyrone Mings is set to be missing for two to three weeks, whilst Matt Targett has also spent time out injured this season.
Vida is a versatile performer. He primarily plays as a centre-back but is capable of deputising at right-back.
The no-nonsense defender is on decent money at Besiktas. He is the highest-paid player on around £62,000-a-week.
TBR Verdict – Vida might be perfect for Villa
Smith’s team have been defensively suspect throughout the current campaign and a new defender might be ideal.
Vida boasts a nasty streak that would complement the current crop of defenders nicely.
Villa have been a bit too nice defensively this season, showing a soft underbelly at times.
Vida could help cut that aspect out and his tough-tackling nature might be just the tonic for Smith.