West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both keen on Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama, according to Turkish media outlet Fanatik.

Galatasaray only signed Luyindama permanently in the summer after a successful loan spell in the second half of the 2018/19 season. But he is already attracting attention from England.

West Ham and Wolves are both watching Luyindama in action. The Premier League pair both scouted the towering defender in the Champions League games against Club Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain.

Galatasaray signed Luyindama from Standard Liege for just under £7m. But he will cost West Ham or Wolves around £13m to lure him away from Galatasaray in the January window.

 

Who is Christian Luyindama?

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Luyindama is a powerful central defender who stands at 6ft 3in tall. The 25-year-old is also comfortable playing as a holding midfielder – two areas where West Ham could potentially explore.

He has played nine times for Galatasaray this season after joining permanently, taking his total tally to 26 appearances for the Turkish giants (with two goals). But he is currently out with a minor thigh injury.

The DR Congo international racked up 74 appearances for Standard Liege after moving to Europe from his home country. Luyindama could now be set for a Premier League move with two clubs circling.

West Ham currently have Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna as the first-choice centre-backs. Fabian Balbuena provides cover but Winston Reid is constantly injured and Goncalo Cardoso is not quite ready. This could prompt the Irons to swoop for Luyindama.

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