Kudus on the Cusp: Ajax’s Star Midfielder Eyed by West Ham
In the bustling market of summer football transfers, some names linger longer than most. Mohammed Kudus, the 23-year-old dynamo from Ajax, finds himself as this season’s hot topic in London – and more specifically, around the London Stadium.
A Star on the Rise
It’s not just the majestic sight of Kudus celebrating after netting a beauty during Ajax’s 4-1 trouncing of Heracles that has caught the eye. With two Eredivisie games under his belt this season and a goal to boast, the Ghanaian seems to be a man in form.
Only last Thursday, under the Bulgarian skies, Kudus’ star shone the brightest. He left the pitch having notched up a hat-trick in Ajax’s Europa League play-off against Ludogorets. If whispers are to be believed, the London Stadium’s delegates were present to witness this spectacle. The midfielder himself hinted that his days with the Dutch giants could be numbered.
Premier League Pursuit
Ajax’s prodigious talent isn’t new to Premier League interest. Earlier this summer, the Seagulls from Brighton seemed to have nearly snatched Kudus away. However, the winds of the transfer window changed direction when personal terms couldn’t be finalised.
From Nordsjaelland to Ajax and Beyond
Kudus’ journey began in earnest with Danish outfit Nordsjaelland back in 2018. But it was his 2020 move to Ajax that truly placed him on the European football map. With a tally of 27 goals from 87 appearances and two Eredivisie titles, it’s easy to see why he’s caught the Premier League’s attention.
Last season, his prowess was further solidified with 11 goals in 30 appearances, even though Ajax settled for third. On the international stage, he’s no less impressive. Since donning the Ghanaian colours in 2019, Kudus has graced the pitch 24 times, scoring seven goals. Not to forget his standout performance in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, where his brace sealed a 3-2 victory against South Korea.
West Ham’s Shopping Spree
With Kudus’ potential move, it appears David Moyes has taken a particular liking to Ajax’s talent pool. Earlier this summer, the Hammers secured the signature of midfielder Edson Alvarez in a deal rumoured to be in the ballpark of £35m. Add to that the recent signings of James Ward-Prowse from Southampton and Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart, and one could argue West Ham are bolstering their ranks in quite a style.
If this potential transfer goes through, it would certainly be a feather in West Ham’s cap. With Premier League clubs vying for his signature, securing Kudus would signal a statement of intent from the Hammers.
As the transfer saga unfolds, keep your eyes peeled. As reported by the BBC, the next chapter of Kudus’ journey could very well be in the heart of London.