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Newcastle United: Magpies join race to sign World Cup finalist Domagoj Vida

Newcastle United: Magpies join race to sign World Cup finalist Domagoj Vida

According to Turkish outlet Takvim (via HITC), Newcastle United are reportedly in the hunt to sign World Cup finalist Domagoj Vida from Besiktas. 

The 30-year-old has already made a fine start in the Turkish Super Lig this season, netting twice and completing an average pass success rate of 92.2%, as per WhoScored.com, with Premier League clubs already lurking in the summer window.

Brighton, Norwich and Newcastle are all thought to be competing for his signature in the hope that his experience on the biggest stage can guide them to safety.

As well as helping to guide his native Croatia to a World Cup final in 2018, Vida also has Champions League appearances to his name – reaching the last 16 with Dynamo Kyiv in 2016 before being knocked out by current Premier League champions Manchester City.

If reports from Turkish daily newspaper Takvim are to be believed, the Magpies and Brighton are currently leading the race for his signature, with his price tag likely to be around £8.5m.

Despite Newcastle’s defensive depth arguably being their best asset ahead of a looming battle to avoid the drop, with Steve Bruce likely to be more concerned over his misfiring strikeforce, reports indicate the Tyneside club are definitely interested in poaching Vida and bringing him to St. James’ Park.

Indeed, if these rumours are to be believed, it’s a mystery why Bruce would approach Vida given his side already appears to be stacked at the back.

The Magpies have bagged five times in their last two wins, but four of those goals came from defenders – so why disrupt the harmony and add another one into the mix?

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