West Ham's Pursuit of Mohammed Kudus Nears Agreement Amidst Third Bid

9 months ago

West Ham United is edging closer to securing a deal with Ajax for the highly sought-after Ghanaian talent, Mohammed Kudus. The Hammers' relentless efforts to bolster their attacking options have led to ongoing negotiations, with Manager David Moyes and Technical Director Tim Steidten keen on bringing Kudus to the vibrant surroundings of the London Stadium.

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Persistent Negotiations Yield Progress


Despite facing setbacks with two prior bids, West Ham's determination to reinforce their forward line has propelled them into the midst of discussions with Ajax. The most recent offer, valuing at €40 million (£34 million) with additional incentives, was turned down by the Dutch club. However, this hasn't deterred West Ham's pursuit of Kudus, as they continue to engage in negotiations.

Inside sources reveal that West Ham has made a third bid to Ajax, indicating their unwavering commitment to secure Kudus' services. Ajax had previously agreed on a transfer fee with Brighton & Hove Albion for Kudus, yet the player himself halted the move. This deal was valued at €41 million initially, with an additional €3 million in add-ons (£35 million + £2.5 million).

It is speculated that Ajax might be inclined to accept West Ham's renewed offer, especially considering that they countered the Hammers' previous bid with a proposal of €50 million. A pivotal factor in this decision is the Conference League champions' willingness to adapt the terms of payment within the deal.

Sources have revealed that West Ham's initial bid proposed a payment spread across five years. However, the club has now put forth a more favorable bid that aligns with Ajax's interests. This gesture from West Ham reflects their eagerness to secure Kudus' transfer. The proposed deal also includes a 10% sell-on clause, meaning that should West Ham sell Kudus for €50 million or more in the future, Ajax stands to recover the short-term financial gain they might forgo.

While personal terms are anticipated to pose no significant hurdle, West Ham will need to finalize the intricate details of wages and bonus structures with Kudus and his representatives. This essential step ensures that the player's transition to London Stadium is not only seamless but also mutually beneficial.

Expansion of Midfield Talents


In the midst of this transfer pursuit, West Ham has strategically expanded their midfield arsenal. With the departure of Declan Rice to Arsenal for an astounding £105 million, the Hammers wasted no time in securing the talents of Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse. This swift action emphasizes their commitment to maintaining a robust and versatile midfield lineup.

Recent news confirms West Ham's continued efforts to enhance their squad, as Konstantinos Mavropanos becomes the third major signing of the summer. The Greek talent joins the club from VfB Stuttgart on a substantial five-year contract, fortifying West Ham's defensive capabilities.

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