There is a report from Turkey which makes the strange claim that Newcastle could be lining up an offer for Besiktas center-back Domagoj Vida.
The report states both Newcastle and Brighton could make an offer of around €10m for the Croatian international in January. There are two glaring problems with this contention, however.
The player is 30-years-old, and we are hardly in need of another central defender. While Newcastle have been linked with the likes of Preston’s Ben Davies and Burnley’s Ben Gibson, they are both younger players who could be seen as replacements for Fede Fernandez or Ciaran Clark if they were to not get new contracts.
Vida starred for Croatia in the last World Cup, where he helped them reach the final. He’s been capped 79 times and is currently in their squad for 2020 Euro qualifiers.
He joined Besiktas as a free agent in 2018 from Dynamo Kyiv, and his contract runs until 2022. While he is a very good player, we just don’t see any way that Newcastle would fork over €10m for a 30-year-old. Especially in a position where we already have six quality players.
We do think Newcastle are looking at young central defenders for a possible addition in the summer. Preston’s Ben Davies is one we rate very highly. Though, we would like to see Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark get extensions to their current deals, which run out in 2020 and 2021, respectively.