According to Sport Witness, reporting via Turkish publication Sabah, West Ham have outbid Everton and Liverpool in the pursuit of Domagoj Vida.
Vida, who plays his club football with Besiktas, reached the World Cup final this summer, and put in a string of good displays in Russia.
His performances on the world stage have earned him Premier League admirers, and now West Ham look to be leading the way in the race for the 29-year-old’s signature.
According to the aforementioned report, Everton have already lodged a bid for the centre-back.
Now, Marco Silva must decide whether or not to take his interest in Vida any further, or chase an alternative option instead.
Following Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League last season, Alfie Mawson may be open to an immediate return to the top flight. Everton should prioritise making a push for the 24-year-old, with Premier League experience, over Vida.
Signing Mawson now would give the Toffees a base to build their defence on for the foreseeable future. The acquisition of such an accomplished ball playing defender would also help Silva to instil the passing philosophy he likes his teams to play with.
Transfermarkt value the Englishman at £13.5 million, making him potentially even cheaper a purchase than Vida too.
If Silva is serious about building a new Everton, who play better football than before, then Mawson is a much bigger step in that direction than Vida.