How West Ham beat Chelsea to Kudus


Mohammed Kudus ended up joining West Ham from Ajax in the summer (MB Media/Getty)

By Hughie Southon

Mo Kudus’ move to West Ham has been hailed as a masterstroke by the club’s recruitment team.

The Ghana international is slowly showing himself to be one heck of a player who has scored  goals in Europe and a very important equaliser against Newcastle in the Premier League.

Mohammed Kudus playing for West Ham

However it has now been revealed he almost slipped through our fingers and would have done had Chelsea been more on the case when moving in for him. Thankfully the Ghana international is now ours but it could have been very different according to a report in The Metro.

For the report claims that the player’s agent has revealed the Stamford Bridge outfit  failed with a ‘ridiculous’ offer to sign the midfielder ahead of  ourselves. He ended up being allowed to exit Ajax in the summer transfer window for €41.5  million  plus a further €3m (£2.5m) in add-ons.

Now he agent  Jennifer Mendelewitsch, has revealed he was offered Paris Saint-Germain before Chelsea who had shown an interest. However, she explained the initial offer was in the region of €15m to €20m (£17.4m to £23.2m) and that after talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino a contract was agreed.

Mendelewitsch told RMC Sport: ‘He [Kudus] wanted to leave, there weren’t 50,000 clubs who needed a midfielder and could afford him. Obviously, we offered him to PSG. Now, it’s the club’s choice not to not move forward. All clubs have the right to decide that they go to another profile or that it is not their priority. ‘It’s a shame because I think Mohammed Kudus would have been a suitable profile.

‘We reached an agreement with Chelsea, we agreed contractually with Chelsea but the deal did not happen. He spoke with the coach [Pochettino] but in the end it didn’t happen. It didn’t happen because Chelsea made a ridiculous offer to Ajax. ‘There was no counter-offer . Actually, Chelsea did this to a lot of players this summer with very low offers to clubs knowing they wouldn’t be accepted.

‘The truth is that they were completely taken by the transfer of Brighton’s Caicedo which used all their energy.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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