Everton are eyeing-up a summer swoop for Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.

The 27-year-old joined the Ukrainian giants in 2012 and has gone on to make 82 league appearances, including 20 this season in which the Croatia international has netted twice.

The versatile centre-back, who is equally adept on the right side of the defence, has also represented Dinamo Zagreb and Bayer Leverkusen in a career spanning nearly 10-and-a-half years.

He could be seen as a replacement for long-serving Toffees legend Phil Jagielka, who is tipped to leave Goodison Park at the end of this campaign.

Vida’s adaptability could also counteract the missing Seamus Coleman after the 28-year-old’s horror-clash with Wales’ Neil Taylor when representing the Republic of Ireland in their 2018 World Cup Qualifier on Friday night resulted in a broken leg, ruling the regular first-team star out indefinitely.

The 46-times-capped Croatian’s current deal at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex expires in the summer of 2018, meaning Blues boss Ronald Koeman could well prize the experienced defender away at the end of this term for a fraction of the expected fee.


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