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West Ham close to agreeing €44.5m deal with Ajax for Mohammed Kudus

West Ham United are on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, per The Athletic.

The Hammers have now submitted an official bid worth around £35 million plus another £2.5m in add-ons and a 10% sell-on clause.

After rejecting West Ham’s first bid for the Ghana international, the Eredivisie club are ready to accept the new offer. 

West Ham have already agreed personal terms with Kudus, and he is poised to ink a five-year deal with the option of a sixth.

The 23-year-old rose to prominence last season after excellent performances for Ajax in the Eredivisie and the Champions League.

Kudus was impressive at the 2022 World Cup and attracted interest from Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Seagulls agreed a deal with Ajax for the versatile star, but he was not keen on the move.

With just over a week left in the transfer window, clubs are trying to round up their dealings in the market for the new season.

After a slow start to their transfer dealings, West Ham have signed Edson Alvarez, James Ward-Prowse and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

Following the departure of Declan Rice to Arsenal, they needed a defensive midfielder and brought in Alvarez from Ajax. 

They also signed Ward-Prowse, a top target for manager David Moyes. He wanted Harry Maguire, but West Ham couldn’t get him and signed Mavropanos yesterday.

Kudus could become their fourth summer signing to come in through the door before the September 1 deadline.

More attacking reinforcements will follow after West Ham sold Gianluca Scamacca to Atalanta. 

They need a striker and have their sights set on Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri and Paris Saint-Germain’s Hugo Ekitike. 

En-Nesyri was a target for Moyes two years ago, and they could return for him in a few days.

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