African footballers. English Premier League team West Ham United are on the verge of a deal with Dutch team Ajax to secure the signature of Mohammed Kudus before the end of the summer transfer window.
The premier league club have submitted an official offer worth 41M euros plus an extra 3M euros in add-ons, in a deal would include a 10% sell-on clause.
The proposal is expected to be accepted by their Eredivise counterparts. Personal terms are in place for the star 23-year-old to sign a five-year deal with the options of a sixth.
The Kickgh reported that West Ham had a bid rejected by Ajax for Kudus who is under contract at Ajax until 2025 but rejected a one-year extension in April.
Chelsea was among the first clubs to have registered an interest in Kudus earlier in this Summer’s transfer window. Brighton & Hove Albion also reached an agreement in principle to sign Kudus earlier this month.
Kudus is expected to make his last appearance for Ajax against PFC Ludogorets Razgard in the UEFA Europa League as he was part of the Ajax travelling list that was flown into Bulgaria.
The Ghanaian international has spent three seasons in Amsterdam, scoring 16 goals in 63 Eredivise matches. He has also scored seven amazing goals in 24 appearances for Ghana including two in the World Cup in Qatar.
Who is Mohammed Kudus?
Mohammed Kudus (born 2 August 2000) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Ghana national team.
Kudus arrived at Danish club Nordsjælland from the Ghanaian Right to Dream Academy, which he joined at the age of 10, in January 2018 together with two teammates, Ibrahim Sadiq and Gideon Mensah.
Kudus made his official debut for Nordsjælland only three days after his 18th birthday, in a 2–0 defeat against Brøndby IF. He played from the first minute as a striker, but was replaced in the half-time. With his debut, he became the ninth youngest to make his debut in the history of the club.
Since 2019, he has been a part of the Ghana national team and scored several goals. On 14 November 2021, Kudus sustained a ruptured rip injury whilst playing for the Black Stars in their final 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Group match against South Africa. This injury kept him out for almost three months including missing the delayed 2021 African Cup of Nations despite being named in the final squad list for the competition. Kudus made a return into the squad to play for Ghana in their final 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff against Nigeria. He played in both matches as Ghana qualified for their fourth world cup.
His biggest moment came in the 2022 FIFA World Cup match against South Korea, where he scored 2 goals, cementing a 3–2 win over the opposing team.