West Ham United have succeeded where Brighton and Manchester United failed with a stunning swoop for a goal-hungry attacker, per a trusted source.
The Hammers struggled to get deals over the line for much of the summer window, though their business has exploded into life over the past fortnight.
Indeed, Edson Alvarez was the first major name to arrive and has since been followed through the front door by James Ward-Prowse and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Further good news followed when Man City aborted their pursuit of Brazil international Lucas Paqueta. However, today’s equally encouraging update regards yet another arrival.
Indeed, Fabrizio Romano reports West Ham’s proposed move for Ajax and Ghana ace, Mohammed Kudus, is now verbally agreed.
Common ground on a transfer fee worth €45m (approx. £38.6m) has been found with Ajax and the number is inclusive of future add-ons. The Dutch club have successfully inserted a 10 percent sell-on clause into the agreement too.
A five-year contract will be signed by Kudus who will undergo a medical on Saturday. Romano gave the move his signature ‘here we go’ confirmation.
West Ham’s move for the 23-year-old has all the hallmarks of a masterstroke. Kudus can operate in a variety of attacking positions such as No 10, centre-forward or on the right wing. Kudus scored a hattrick in a Europa League qualification clash against Ludogorets while deployed on the right wing on Thursday night.
Kudus had long been linked with Man Utd given the Erik ten Hag connection. The Dutchman managed Kudus during his stint at Ajax, though United’s move for Rasmus Hojlund put a Kudus deal on ice.
Elsewhere, the Athletic reported on August 5 that fellow Premier League side Brighton had struck an agreement in principle with Ajax.
Their deal was worth €40m (£34.5m), though personal terms were never agreed and Ajax ultimately pulled the plug in favour of pushing for a higher fee.
That opened the door for West Ham who will now be the ones to sign Kudus for the slightly higher sum of £38.6m.