Hammers target move for Gala’s Luyindama

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West Ham United are said to be tracking Galatasaray central defender Christian Luyindama with a view to making a January swoop.

West Ham United are said to be tracking Galatasaray central defender Christian Luyindama with a view to making a January swoop.

Luyindama is starting to make a name for himself after joining the Turkish outfit on a permanent basis at the start of the season.

He enjoyed a successful loan spell from Standard Liege in the second half of last term and Gala wasted no time in wrapping up a permanent deal. But how long they can keep him for is another matter.

The Hammers are already reported to be showing an interest in him, as are Premier League rivals Wolves, so a bidding war could be on the cards in January.

Both clubs are said to have sent scouts to watch him in action when Galatasaray took on Club Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in recent weeks and he caught the eye again with his performances.

The 25-year-old has all the attributes to play in the Premier League as he stands at 6ft 3in and is powerfully built. He can also play as a holding defensive midfielder which makes him even more attractive to interested parties.

Central defence is an area that West Ham are looking to strengthen in the new year as they want serious competition for Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna, and a bid could be in the pipeline.

Gala paid Standard Liege £7million in the summer but it looks as though they could be looking for double that figure despite the fact he has played just nine games for them this season.

That figure would still not be an issue for the Hammers and boss Manuel Pellegrinni will be hoping to land his man when the window re-opens, but Wolves could have something to say about it.

There is also a good chance other clubs will enter the running if Gala show they are ready to sell.

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