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Croatian defender again linked with Wolves

Wolves have again been linked with a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.

This time they find themselves with competition from promoted Norwich City, according to Turkish website Fanatik.

The Canaries have reportedly lodged a £8.9m (10m euros) bid for Vida, who plays mostly at centre back but can also operate at right back. Wolves were first mentioned in connection with the 30-year-old last summer after the former Bayer Leverkusen stopper starred in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final before losing 4-2 to France.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke is ready to strengthen his squad ahead of Premier League football next season and the club have reportedly identified Vida as a target.

There is no confirmation of any offer from Molineux, while Fanatik reports the Championship champions have offered 10m euros for Vida via intermediaries. Vida is set to decide his future after the current international break.

Wolves were previously linked with the ex-Dynamo Kiev player following his performances in last summer’s World Cup.

Vida’s future is likely to be discussed by the Besiktas board next week and the Croatian is believed to want to stay in Turkey after establishing himself as a key player for Besiktas.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has identified a centre back and a centre forward to strengthen his squad this summer and is believed to have a lost of younger targets, although one of them, Albion striker Salomon Rondon is 29.

Last summer Ryan Bennett was expected to be replaced as Nuno looked to play Romain Saiss as right-sided centre back. But the experiment didn’t work, despite the Morocco international playing there for his country. The 29-year-old beat off any challenges for his place, missing just four Premier League games last season following a string of consistent performances, and even signing a new contract in December to keep him at Molineux until 2021.

But that hasn’t stopped Nuno wanting to strengthen the position again and he is expected to sign a central defender before the summer transfer window closes.

Vida is vastly experienced and a winner, having won over 70 caps for his country and Ukrainian Premier League titles with Dynamo Kiev in 2015 and 2016 and Ukrainian Cups in 2014 and 2015, after winning the Croatian double with Dinamo Zagreb in 2011-12.