West Ham finalising Kudus deal after new bid submitted - sources

By Wayne Veysey

24th Aug, 2023 | 7:37am

Revealed: West Ham in Mohammed Kudus breakthrough after late drama

West Ham are close to a full agreement with Ajax over the signing of midfielder Mohammed Kudus after a breakthrough in talks, sources have told Football Insider.

The London club are confident of now completing the capture of the attacking midfielder, 23, following late-night discussions.

West Ham increased their offer for Kudus to £35.4 plus £2.5m of performance related add-ons.

With the two clubs now finessing the structure of payments, the player is on stand-by to head to London for a medical and to put the finishing touches to the transfer.

Kudus has already agreed personal terms with West Ham on a five-year contract with the option of a further year.

Hammers technical director Tim Steidten was in Amsterdam last week trying to complete a deal for the Ghana international.

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Kudus has made it clear he is keen to move to the Premier League after previous moves fell through late on.

Kudus came close to signing for a Serie A club earlier this month and has been on the radar of multiple leading English clubs this summer, including Chelsea and Brighton. 

The Seagulls reportedly agreed a £35million fee for Kudus earlier this summer but failed to complete the signing after a dispute over the involvement of a release clause in his contract.

The Ajax star’s form in the new season has been unaffected by the off-pitch drama. He scored in the opening weekend fixture against Heracles last weekend and assisted in a 2-2 draw with Excelsior on Saturday (19 August).

Kudus has proven to be a reliable source of goals and assists for the Dutch side after scoring 18 in 42 total appearances for Ajax last season.

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