Fulham Ready To Move For Croatia Stalwart In Fight For Survival

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Roy Hodgson is ready to move in the January transfer window in a bid to turn Fulham’s seemingly doomed Premier League return. According to a Fotomac report, the Cottagers are keen to move for Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida.

The 29-year-old was a pivotal member of the Croatia squad which reached the 2018 World Cup final. A no-nonsense central defender, Vida was linked with a move to a number of the English top-flight’s elite clubs, most notably Arsenal.

Vida spent the first four years of his professional career with Osijek in his native Croatia before a year-long stint with Bayer Leverkusen. It was an unmitigated disaster for the pony-tailed hard man; he made just eight appearances, none of which were in the Bundesliga.

A move to Dynamo Kyiv began controversially when he was implicated in allegations of match-fixing during a 7 – 1 thrashing by Lyon in the Champions League. The next five seasons were quiet by comparison; two Ukrainian Premier League medals and domestic cups followed, both double-winning seasons.

It wasn’t the last controversy Vida became involved in. Following last summer’s World Cup quarter-final win over Russia – Vida scored his third international goal to give Croatia a late 2 – 1 lead – the centre-back was caught expressing Ukrainian anti-Russian sentiments which rankled with FIFA and the Russian hosts.

Vida moved to Besiktas in January 2018 on a four-and-a-half contract but made it clear soon after the World Cup that he wanted out of Istanbul with a move to one of Europe’s big leagues.

Being thrown into the midst of a relegation battle may not be what he had in mind.