NEW: Liverpool Make THIRD Bid For Defender

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Liverpool have submitted a third offer of €20million for Croatian defender Domagoj Vida, according to Fanatik

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The Reds’ ignited interest in the player after a number of impressive performances, leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.

A previous offer of €18million was rejected by Besiktas, and their valuation is believed to be considerably higher. Fikret Orman, club President, has said “I want 35 million euros” for the Croatian international. He has remained firm with this view and there are no indications of any flexibility or compromise when it comes to negotiating a fee.

Three of the Turkish giants’ stars have found the scoresheet in Russia including Pepe, Quaresma and Vida. This has persuaded the club to wait for more offers to be tabled as big clubs are expected to join the race to sign the 29-year old.

Liverpool were widely expected to sign a new central defender this window, however after Lovren and Van Dijk formed a strong partnership last season, it has appeared to be less likely.

However, the opportunity to sign Vida, who has experience playing alongside Lovren, appears to be an attractive proposition.

It is clear to see the huge gulf between the two clubs’ valuations. Whilst at this stage a deal seems unlikely, that could change if the Liverpool’s interest continues.

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