There’s much ado about nothing in ‘new’ Mohammed Kudus claims as the situation over a West Ham move remains unchanged from our Hammers News exclusive.

Last Friday lunchtime Hammers News exclusively revealed that West Ham’s move for Mohammed Kudus was ‘faltering’ according to our most senior source inside the club.

We floated the question about the status of West Ham’s pursuit of Ghana attacking powerhouse Kudus.

And it was confirmed to us West Ham are trying to do a deal with Ajax for the star regardless of Lucas Paqueta’s situation.

But there was a worrying update on the move for Kudus from our most senior source inside West Ham on Friday.

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Much ado about nothing in ‘new’ Mohammed Kudus claims as situation over a West Ham move remains unchanged from Hammers News exclusive

A senior figure inside West Ham told us the potential deal for Kudus was ‘faltering’ because Ajax refuse to budge on their £46m valuation while the Hammers were refusing to go any higher than £41m.

Now there’s much ado about nothing in ‘new’ Kudus claims as the situation over a West Ham move remains unchanged from our Hammers News exclusive.

It has since been reported overnight as breaking news by several journalists such as Jacob Steinberg and Fabrizio Romano that West Ham’s Kudus move is faltering.

Both are reliable sources of transfer information when it comes to the Hammers. But in this particular case it was old news. No shame in that of course, they are covering multiple clubs across multiple leagues.

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Situation remains unchanged from Friday exclusive – rest assured Sullivan and Steidten want to get a deal done but not at any cost

But the fact of the matter is that it was the same news reported by us on Friday with the £5m gap in valuation and Ajax’s determination to keep the 23-year-old the major sticking point.

But the reports doing the rounds since we broke that news have got the figures wrong, claiming Ajax want £44m. And that has led to anger among fans demanding West Ham “just pay” the £3m difference.

In reality the amount Ajax want is £46m minimum – so it’s a £5m gap in valuation not £3m.

West Ham fans can rest assured nothing has changed since Friday on that front.

And while that’s not necessarily good news in terms of our pursuit of the brilliant attacker, it’s not the doom and gloom being portrayed as breaking news elsewhere.

Keep the faith. David Sullivan and Tim Steidten are determined to get the deal done.

But they have set what they feel is a fair and sensible ceiling for a player who does – we are reliably informed – genuinely want to join West Ham if a deal can be agreed.


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