According to a report from Turkish media outlet Takvim, West Ham are ready to battle Everton in the race to sign Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama.

The Hammers will certainly have to look at bolstering their central defensive ranks in the summer.

Angelo Ogbonna is set to turn 32 in May, whilst Winston Reid and Issa Diop face uncertain futures.

Everything is up in the air at the moment because of Covid-19, but that shouldn’t stop West Ham from identifying potential transfer targets.

And seemingly, it hasn’t.

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Turkish publication Takvim claims that the Hammers are ready to pay around €15 million (£14 million) for Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama, but they could face competition from Everton.

 

Good signing?

The 6ft 3in Democratic Republic of Congo international is a strong centre-back, but he can also play in defensive midfield.

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Christian Luyindama in action (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

In 10 league outings for Gala this season, the 26-year-old has won 4.4 aerial duals on average per game. He has also averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.8 clearances per game during those appearances (Who Scored).

Galatasaray chairman Mustafa Cengiz described Luyindama as a player with real character who has the heart of a warrior, as quoted by galatasaray.org:

“We are really happy. He never disappointed us. Our fans love him very much. His character and heart as a warrior, hopefully, will serve our club for many years. We are really pleased with his performance. On the field, he fights until the last drop of his sweat. He has a warrior’s character. We want him to continue to play as he played before.”

The 26-year-old seems to be ideally suited to the robust nature of the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham or Everton win the race for his signature, however.

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