17 July 2024

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West Ham forward Mohammed Kudus is “easily a top-six player” after making his move from Ajax, according to Michael Bridge.

Speaking to GiveMeSport on 4 September, the Sky Sports journalist praised the Hammers’ technical director Tim Steidten for getting a deal done for the 23-year-old.

He said he has been left impressed by the Irons’ transfer business over the summer after securing the signings of Edson Alvarez, James Ward-Prowse and Konstantinos Mavropanos alongside Ghanaian international Kudus.

“I have to give huge credit to West Ham United because I think they’ve spent the Declan Rice money superbly,” said Bridge. “I think Kudus is a top player and easily a top-six player, so I’ve got to give credit to Tim Steidten.

“Four weeks before the deadline, there were newspaper reports about David Moyes and Steidten not getting on, and Steidten not being happy since joining because of not getting the opportunity to get the players he wants. It looks like the complete opposite now.

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“You’ve got to work with your manager. I’m sure David Moyes was the one that wanted James Ward-Prowse, which was a no-brainer. I take my hat off to West Ham. I really, really do, and it comes after there were some murmurings about Moyes’ future during the summer.”

Due credit

There is no doubt that the West Ham hierarchy deserves credit for the business they oversaw during the transfer window following a difficult start to the summer.

The club had the unwanted task of trying to find the best deal for Rice and they did that superbly after receiving £105million for their former captain from Arsenal.

The Hammers then had to spend that money, knowing that other clubs were aware of what they had in the bank and were trying to take advantage of that situation.

Bridge is right that Kudus, who was linked with Arsenal and Chelsea over the summer, could well be a top-six player after scoring 18 goals for Ajax last season.

But the Ghanaian was persuaded to make the move to East London and, hopefully, he can help us try and challenge at the top end of the table following a strong start to the season.

In other West Ham news, Karren Brady has shared why one player was sold during the summer window.

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