A fresh insight into the demands laid out by Dutch giants Ajax for the signature of star midfielder Mohammed Kudus has been provided on Friday evening.
For those not familiar with his name, Kudus is a versatile Ghanaian international, capable of lining out in a whole host of roles between midfield and attack.
The 22-year-old is fresh off a stellar campaign at The Johan Cruyff Arena, which, despite Ajax’s struggles as a collective, saw Kudus rack up a head-turning 18 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.
In turn, it has not come as a major surprise to hear of interest in the signature of the one-time Nordsjælland talent beginning to mount.
Last month, confirmation was forthcoming that both Arsenal and Chelsea were keeping a close eye on developments surrounding Kudus’ future.
More recent weeks, though, have seen a new frontrunner emerge in the race for his services.
The outfit in question? West Ham United.
Amid Manchester City’s sudden push for Lucas Paqueta, David Moyes and co. have been forced to seek out a potential replacement, with Kudus understood to have made his way to the top of the Hammers’ wishlist.
If the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, however, then West Ham could yet be forced to rethink their swoop for the midfielder.
This comes amid claims that Ajax have bumped up their asking price for Kudus, to a hefty €51.5 million.
It now remains to be seen whether or not the powers that be at the London Stadium would be willing to meet such demands.