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Norwich City transfer rumours: Croatia defender rejects interest from Canaries and Marseille

PUBLISHED: 09:41 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:55 18 June 2019

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida heads away from England star Raheem Sterling during the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida heads away from England star Raheem Sterling during the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

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Reports in Turkey suggest Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has rejected interest from Norwich City in favour of remaining with Besiktas.

The 30-year-old centre-back was linked with the Canaries and Premier League rivals Wolves by Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik earlier this month, with a deal in the region of £9million suggested.

Now however Turkish broadcaster TRT Spor have reported that their commentator Tarık Üstün has been told that Vida has rejected the chance to talk to Norwich and French side Marseille.

The physical defender made his name with Dinamo Zagreb in his homeland before spending five years in Ukraine with Dynamo Kiev, winning the title twice in both countries.

He joined Besiktas on a free transfer in January 2018 and signed terms until 2022. That summer he played a key role in Croatia reaching the World Cup final, beating England in extra-time in the semi-finals, before being beaten by France.

Vida has 75 caps for Croatia and scored three goals in 38 games for Besiktas in all competitions last season, with the club's Europa League campaign coming to an end at the group stage.

VERDICT: Finishing third in the Super Lig meant missing out on the Champions League again for Besiktas, having reached the last 16 in 2018.

Norwich and Marseille can't offer Europa League football for next season but Wolves can and Everton are another Premier League side previously linked.

City have four frontline centre-back options already, with Ben Godfrey reportedly close to signing a contract extension, although Blackburn are also interested in a reunion with Grant Hanley - with Sean Raggett and Marcel Franke also back from loan spells.

Vida proved an uncompromising and physical player at the World Cup last year so could well have been an excellent signing for Norwich, although a deal in the region of £9m for a defender this summer always seemed unlikely.

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