Birmingham City Made The Only Formal Offer For World Cup Finalist Despite Arsenal Being Linked With £26.9m Move

Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was closely linked with a move to England over the transfer window.

First it was Liverpool, then Everton, West Ham, Leicester City, Fulham and finally Arsenal.

The Gunners were reportedly weighing up a £26.9m move for the World Cup finalist before the transfer deadline according to the Standard.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman did travel to London on Tuesday with club officials to push through the sale of Vida.

It turns out that the Black Eagles actually only received one formal offer.

The Milliyet newspaper report that Birmingham City were the club only club to launch an official bid.

The Championship outfit made a £12m move for the Croatia international which was turned down.

Source: Milliyet

The report comes as a surprise as the Blues interest had not been covered in the Turkish media.

Besiktas are still hopeful they will find a buyer for the 29-year-old from one of the other Top 5 leagues.

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The transfer season runs until the end of the month in most of Europe.

Vida helped Croatia reach the World Cup final in Russia and Besiktas are keen on cashing in after seeing his value increase.

The Black Eagles signed the powerful defender on a free transfer from Dynamo Kiev in January and he still has another four-years remaining on his contract.