Sunderland Finally Looking Forward After Being Linked With Quality Defender Who is Worth the Fuss

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: David Moyes manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on September 12, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sunderland are reportedly chasing 27-year-old Croatian centre-back Domagoj Vida, who David Moyes thinks could really beef up their faltering back line and save their drowning Premier League campaign.

The Black Cats have reportedly seen a 6 million pound bid rejected for the Dynamo Kyiv defender and have been asked to offer something in the region of 10 million pounds. Sunderland had tried to get the defender in the summer but things did not work out.

Vida could play both in the central as well as in the right back position and would be a big asset for Sunderland, who had to spend their initial matches of the league in the absence of many first players owing to injury. The Black Cats saw the departure of Wes Brown, Santiago Vergini and, on loan, Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews this summer.

Vida has appeared 11 times for Dynamo Kyiv this season scoring twice. The club is understood to be willing to sell the centre-back if a proper offer comes. Vida was also able to impress during his country’s European Championships campaign this summer, featuring in three of their four games before elimination at the hands of eventual winners Portugal.

At 184 cm, Vida looks a good choice for the English Premier League that favours physically superior defenders and will be a solid presence with the likes of Lamine Kone and O’Shea in the central defence. Moyes is looking at many defending options like Inter Milan’s Davide Santon and Rubin Kazan defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila, whom he wants to re-sign.


Vida could well be a first team player in the Sunderland squad given the lack of competition.  Sunderland have Papy Djilobodji, Jason Denayer, Paddy McNair apart from O’Shea and Kone and Vida should fit in straight into the squad considering his quality. The fact that he could shift to the position of the right back gives a huge edge to Sunderland, who have frequently lost players to injury.

After a horrific start to their Premier league season that saw them winless in the opening 10 games, Sunderland finally picked up a win last weekend at Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth. Moyes’ men somehow managed to get a goal and held on to the lead despite being reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

With the team finally showing some positivity, Sunderland is expected to turn around their season and move out of the bottom of the league table. The Wearside outfit are expected to meet the 10 million pounds demand of Dynamo Kyiv to bring the centre back in the Stadium of Light and it could be a pretty good deal.

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Subhayan Dutta

Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.

Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.