Mohammed Kudus has finalized his transfer from Ajax to West Ham United, both clubs separately announced on Sunday.
The 23-year-old dynamic attacking midfielder has officially penned a five-year contract with an optional extension of 12 months at the London Stadium.
In return for the player’s talents, West Ham will cough out €43 million alongside €3 million in additional performance-related payments to Ajax. The Dutch Eredivisie champions have also secured a 10 percent sell-on clause.
At West Ham, Kudus is set to adorn the No. 14 jersey.
Expressing his excitement, he shared: “I’ve been dreaming to play in a league like this since I was a kid.
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment and I’m so happy to be here. But it doesn’t stop here, I want to keep going.”
Kudus continued: “I try my best to entertain the fans as I think that’s what football is all about. I’m just here to do my best and help the team. I’m really happy to be here. I will fight for the badge. I can’t wait to get started.”
Manager David Moyes shared his satisfaction, stating: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Mohammed to West Ham United.
“He’s a terrific young talent, who has already shone at the very highest level for Ajax in the Champions League and made well over 150 senior appearances at the age of 23 – so it was no surprise to see so many top clubs chasing his signature this summer.”
Kudus exhibited his prowess with a three-goal feat for Ajax in a 4-1 victory against Ludogorets during Thursday’s Europa League qualifier. Subsequently, he journeyed to London and concluded his medical evaluation on Saturday.
Throughout the transfer window, the Ghanaian international attracted significant interest from fellow Premier League contenders. Rival club Brighton had tentatively agreed to secure his services from Ajax, while Chelsea too explored the prospect of a potential deal.
Kudus established a notable legacy during his three-year spell in Amsterdam, amassing 27 goals across 87 official appearances for the first team. His contributions played a pivotal role in securing two Eredivisie titles (2021 and 2022) and a Dutch Cup triumph (2021).