​West Ham are reportedly targeting Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida in January to solve their recent defensive woes.


The Hammers have conceded six goals in their last two Premier League games, and are without a win since September.


Manager Manuel Pellegrini is understandably looking to bring in a central defender, and according to reports in Turkey, Vida is top of his list. 

Domagoj Vida

A report in Turkish news outlet ​Takvim states that West Ham are preparing an £8.5m bid for the Croatian.


With neither Winston Reid, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop or Angelo Ogbonna setting the world alight at the London Stadium this season, ​West Ham appear to be looking for a quick fix with their interest in 30-year-old Vida. 


The Besiktas centre back has a respectable football resume, having been capped 79 times for Croatia. Vida was a key part of the Croatia side that reached the 2018 World Cup final, scoring in normal time and in the penalty shootout during their quarter final win over Russia. 

Domagoj Vida

Vida began his career at NK Osijek, before spells with Bayern Leverkusen, Dinamo Zagreb, and Dynamo Kiev. He joined Besiktas in January 2018, signing a four and a half year deal. 


It was at Kiev where Vida enjoyed the most successful period of his career, helping the Ukrainian side to back to back league titles between 2014 and 2016.


Despite a promising start to the season, West Ham have suffered a real downturn in form of late, and find themselves slipping towards the relegation zone. 

They sit in 16th place in the Premier League, five points clear of the relegation zone, but have picked up just one point in their last five league outings. Evidently, something needs to change at West Ham if they are to prevent their season from fizzling out - or worse, turning into a relegation scrap.


However, West Ham fans are likely to feel a little underwhelmed if the answer to their problems is paying £8.5m for a 30-year-old centre back from the Turkish first tier.