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One winner and one loser from West Ham’s move for Domagoj Vida

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One winner and one loser from West Ham’s move for Domagoj Vida

An impressive summer of recruitment could be set to continue at the London Stadium as reports suggest that West Ham have lodged a £20 million bid for Croatia international Domagoj Vida.

The Besiktas defender made a name for himself with his impressive displays at the World Cup in Russia and BeIN Sports Turkey claim that West Ham were so impressed that they have made a formal offer.

The report goes on to suggest that the two clubs remain in negotiations over a potential deal, but just who would it affect the most in east London?

Winner: Declan Rice

This pre-season has already been a good one for the young defender, who will look to consolidate himself as a first team regular under Manuel Pellegrini in 2018/19. All that remains to be seen is in which position that will be.

“It’s a new manager coming in and I think everyone has got a fresh start under him. I can’t wait to show him what I’m about and what I can do. I played 32 or 33 times last year and I want to carry on this year. I want to keep playing games and keep improving and learning.”

Rice is keen to build on his progress from last season.

The 19-year-old may continue as a central defender, where he ended the season under David Moyes, and could benefit hugely from the experience of Vida, or alternatively may move into holding midfield, where he has played throughout his time in the club’s youth set-up.

Vida’s arrival could give extra flexibility and also bring in an experienced option to field alongside him, though his popular status in the stands as much as in the directors’ box or in the dressing room will mean that he is unlikely to lose his spot if he can maintain his form.

Loser: Winston Reid

Expected to be out of action until October, according to BBC Sport, the last thing that the New Zealand captain will want is to know that his place will be even more under threat than it currently is.

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Reid suffered a raft of injuries last season with a groin problem and knee injury preventing him from making more than 20 appearances in total, which at 30-years-old will be a major concern for Manuel Pellegrini.

This season could be decisive in where Reid’s future will lie given the emergence of Rice and potential arrival of Vida, despite having a contract until 2023.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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