Mohammed Kudus, who recently lit up the field in Ajax’s initial pair of Eredivisie matches this season by putting one in the net, has now been scooped up by West Ham for a hefty £38 million.
The dynamic 23-year-old midfielder turned heads when he netted three times in Ajax’s Europa League qualifier against Ludogorets in Bulgaria just last week.
“Ever since my childhood, I’ve fantasized about playing in a prestigious league like this,” an ecstatic Kudus expressed as West Ham officially announced his step into Premier League turf. “I’m on cloud nine right now, but this is only the beginning. I’m eager to lace up my boots and hit the pitch.”
The deal is structured to cost West Ham 44.5 million euros, with additional performance-related payments to follow. Kudus himself can hardly contain his excitement at the idea of playing top-tier football on English soil.
“Football isn’t just a game; it’s a show. And I plan to give the fans something worth their ticket,” Kudus emphasized.
Interestingly, Brighton appeared to have struck an agreement with Ajax to acquire Kudus earlier in the month. However, the deal fell apart at the last minute as they couldn’t sort out the contractual specifics.
Kudus kicked off his professional journey with the Danish outfit Nordsjaelland in 2018. He later moved to Ajax in 2020, where he netted 27 times in 87 outings and contributed to his team securing two Eredivisie championships. Last season alone, he recorded 11 goals in 30 Eredivisie matches, helping Ajax to a third-place finish.
Internationally, Kudus has been a rising star for Ghana. Since making his national team debut in 2019, he has scored seven times in 24 matches. During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he played every minute of all three games for Ghana and delighted fans by scoring a brace in a 3-2 victory over South Korea.
Mohammed Kudus is the second gem West Ham’s manager David Moyes has mined from Ajax this summer. Edson Alvarez had previously joined the Hammers in a move estimated to be worth around £35 million. In addition to these two, West Ham have also brought on board James Ward-Prowse from Southampton and defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart this transfer window.
West Ham’s squad is looking beefier and more exciting than ever. So to all you Hammers out there, brace yourselves. This season’s going to be one heck of a ride.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mohammed Kudus to West Ham
Who is West Ham’s newest signing?
West Ham United have successfully signed Mohammed Kudus, a 23-year-old midfielder from Ajax, in a deal worth at least £38 million.
How much did West Ham pay for Mohammed Kudus?
West Ham shelled out a minimum of £38 million for Mohammed Kudus, with the deal structured to potentially cost 44.5 million euros plus additional performance-related payments.
Where did Mohammed Kudus play before joining West Ham?
Before making his move to West Ham, Mohammed Kudus played for Ajax. He initially started his professional career at Danish side Nordsjaelland in 2018.
How has Kudus performed in the past seasons?
Kudus has been quite impressive. He scored 27 goals in 87 appearances for Ajax, helping the team win two Eredivisie titles. Last season, he scored 11 goals in 30 Eredivisie games and also netted three times in a Europa League qualifier against Ludogorets.
Was any other Premier League club interested in Kudus?
Yes, Brighton was in talks with Ajax earlier this month to sign Kudus. However, the deal fell through as they couldn’t finalize the personal terms.
What does Mohammed Kudus say about joining the Premier League?
Kudus is extremely excited and has been dreaming of playing in a league like the Premier League since he was a child. He promises to “give the fans something worth their ticket.”
How many goals has Kudus scored for Ghana?
Mohammed Kudus has scored seven goals in 24 matches for the Ghanaian national team. He also played all three games for Ghana in the 2022 World Cup, scoring twice in a match against South Korea.
Who else has West Ham signed this summer?
Besides Mohammed Kudus, West Ham has also signed Edson Alvarez from Ajax for an estimated £35 million. Additionally, they’ve acquired James Ward-Prowse from Southampton and Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart.
What is Mohammed Kudus’ primary position?
Mohammed Kudus primarily plays as a midfielder.
Is this the first time West Ham has signed a player from Ajax this summer?
No, this is the second time. The first player they recruited from Ajax this summer was fellow midfielder Edson Alvarez in a deal thought to be worth about £35 million.
More about Mohammed Kudus to West Ham
- West Ham Official Announcement on Mohammed Kudus
- Mohammed Kudus’ Career Stats
- Ajax’s Europa League Play-Off Win Over Ludogorets
- 2022 World Cup Highlights: Ghana vs. South Korea
- Edson Alvarez Joins West Ham
- West Ham’s Summer Transfer Activities
- Mohammed Kudus’ National Team Record
- Brighton’s Failed Deal for Mohammed Kudus