EXCLUSIVE: West Ham, Palace among five tracking 6ft 4in defender

Date published: Thursday 3rd September 2020 6:38 - James Marshment

Jean-Claude Billong

A host of Premier League and Championship clubs are set to battle if out for French defender Jean-Claude Billong, TEAMtalk has learnt.

The 26-year-old has been put on the market this summer and is believed to be well suited to the English game.

Billong began his professional career with the New York Red Bulls. Since moving to Europe, he has already made a number of top-flight appearances, having had spells in Portugal, Slovenia and Italy. He also has Champions League group stage experience from his time with Maribor.

Currently with Serie B outfit Salernitana, the club have told Billong that he is free to leave. Billong is one of their highest earners and the Campania-based side are looking to offload one of their biggest earners.

The player has a year left on a two-year loan from Serie A side Benevento Calcio so any deal needs approval from both clubs.

Billong has been likened to former QPR and Blackburn star Chris Samba. He’s a dominating 6ft 4in central defender who many scouts believe would be very well suited to English football. Now the chance is emerging for him to come to the UK.

Sources have confirmed to TEAMtalk that Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, Norwich and Watford are among the clubs to have expressed an interest.


Hammers target Palace starlet

West Ham United are looking into a deal to sign Crystal Palace prospect Brandon Aveiro, TEAMtalk can reveal.

The Portuguese starlet celebrates his 19th birthday today and is part of the Eagles’ youth set-up but has been told he can move on.

Brandon Aveiro TEAMtalk

A host of clubs are keen on landing the highly-rated young forward, who can play on either side of the pitch.

TEAMtalk understands that Everton and Sporting Lisbon have both held talks, but West Ham have taken the lead in the race to land him.

Aveiro is now training with West Ham, ahead of a potential deal, but the interest from rival clubs remains.

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