West Ham United has been unsuccessful in their second attempt to acquire Ghanaian footballer, Mohammed Kudus from Ajax. The Premier League club had offered a substantial sum of around £36 million, which was promptly turned down by the Dutch team.
The London-based club initially expressed interest in the talented midfielder last week. However, their initial proposal was rejected by Ajax. Despite this setback, West Ham remained undeterred and quickly returned with an increased offer.
Tim Steidten, West Ham’s technical director, even travelled to Amsterdam last Thursday to engage in discussions with Ajax officials about acquiring Kudus. Unfortunately for them, the revised bid also failed to sway Ajax into releasing the player.
Kudus’ potential move to England isn’t new news as he was previously linked with Brighton during this summer transfer window. Yet that deal didn’t come through either.
Mohammed Kudus’ impressive track record at Ajax
Currently contracted until 2025 at Johan Cruyff Arena, Kudus declined a one-year extension offer from Ajax back in April. His performance on the field speaks volumes about his talent; he topped Ajax’s scoring charts across all competitions last season.
At just 23 years old, Kudus netted an impressive 18 goals in 42 games helping his club secure third place behind PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam in Eredivisie – Netherlands’ top-tier league.
So far this season, Kudus has already made significant contributions to his team. He scored a goal during Ajax’s 4-1 victory over Heracles Almelo and assisted another during their draw against Excelsior Rotterdam.
Despite these setbacks on the transfer front, it is clear that West Ham remains committed to strengthening its squad under manager David Moyes. Whether they will return with a third bid for Kudus or shift their focus elsewhere remains uncertain.