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Leeds: Victor Orta interested in World Cup star Alexander Djiku

Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Alexander Djiku to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to Jonathan Pearce, with the BBC commentator stating live on air during Ghana’s 3-2 victory over South Korea on Monday that the Whites have been “linked” with a move for the RC Strasbourg Alsace centre-back ahead of the winter market.

This would appear to back up an earlier claim this month made by Ed Aarons, with The Guardian journalist suggesting in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that Victor Orta could be “looking at” the 28-year-old during the Qatar World Cup before potentially launching a move in January.

“Incredible” signing

Considering just how impressive Djiku has been for both club and country so far this season, it is not difficult to understand why Orta could be interested in a deal to bring the Ghana international to Elland Road this winter.

Indeed, over his 14 Ligue 1 appearances in the current campaign, the £5.6m-rated talent has been in exceptional defensive form, helping Strasbourg keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 2.1 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, 3.7 clearances and winning a whopping 5.9 duels – at a success rate of 65% – per game.

The £14k-per-week defender has also impressed going forwards, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his side, in addition to playing an average of 6.0 long balls, 6.1 chipped passes and completing 44.1 total passes – at a success rate of 82% – per match.

These returns have seen the 28-year-old average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.07, currently ranking him as Julien Stéphan’s second-best performer in the top flight of French football – a quite remarkable feat for a centre-back playing for a team who sit 19th in the league standings.

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The 20-cap international has also seriously impressed over his two outings at the Qatar World Cup, demonstrating that he more than has what it takes to shine on the biggest of stages, something that bodes particularly well if he moves to the Premier League.

Indeed, he has made an average of 0.5 tackles, one interception, 4.5 clearances and won 2.5 duels – at a success rate of 100% – over the course of Ghana’s 3-2 loss to Portugal and 3-2 victory over South Korea – with his displays being dubbed “wonderful” by Ayishatu Zakaria Ali “incredible” by Olele Salvador.

As such, considering just how solid Djiku is at the back, coupled with the defender starring for Ghana on the greatest stage of world football this month, it is indeed easy to see why Orta would be interested in a move for the 28-year-old in January, as the centre-back would undoubtedly represent an incredible addition to Jesse Marsch’s current defensive options in LS11.