A hattrick by wantaway Mohammed Kudus in the Europa League playoffs against Lodogorets has seen netizens wax lyrical on social media.
The 23-year-old Ajax midfielder opened the scoring in the 16th minute then doubled the lead for the Sons of the Gods two minutes later in a thrilling first leg of the playoffs in Razgrad, Bulgaria.
Teammate Brian Brobbey added a third one before Kudus put the icing on the cake with a cool finish in the 50th minute. It was a great way to end his stint in Amsterdam and netizens couldn't keep calm.
Following the excellent performance by the Ghanaian international, netizens thronged social media to express their excitement about Kudu's rising star.
Mohammed Kudus‘ support base goes into a frenzy after a hattrick
Mohammed Kudus is a player in high demand right now, with West Ham said to be edging closer to signing the Ajax midfielder in the coming days.
A 5-year deal with the option of a sixth is on the table for the Ghanaian international who has since agreed to personal terms with the Hummers.
Following an improved bid of €45 million that finally got Ajax to the negotiation table per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the latest performance by Kudus must have excited West Ham fans who would want to deal to go through as quickly as possible.
MOHAMMED KUDUS HAS A HAT TRICK FOR AJAX 🔥
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— Zunny (@Zunny06) August 24, 2023
No doubt the market value of Mohammed Kudus must have shot up after bagging the hattrick on a European stage.
Must importantly, Mohammed Kudus's latest performance must have given Ajax an upper hand on the negotiation table with West Ham. But will Ajax want to play hardball once more?
Ajax must be wishing they held on a little longer, to squeeze some more juice from West Ham's deal, especially for a star who continues to score great goals.
Mohammed Kudus edges closer to a deal with West Ham
While several clubs have shown interest in signing Mohammed Kudus, West Ham are currently the favourites to land the signature of the Ghanaian international.
A big club needs to sign Kudus, not West Ham United. pic.twitter.com/9ezyRSaEGf
— Janty (@CFC_Janty) August 24, 2023
Chelsea urged to sign Ghanaian star
Chelsea have been closely monitoring how things turn out in the Kudus transfer situation. The midfielder was slated to join Brighton but the deal collapsed in what has turned out to be a transfer saga for one of the most wanted stars this summer.
Chelsea is yet to win a game this season after a draw with Liverpool and a defeat to West Ham.
Will the Blues hijack the Mohammed Kudus deal with a higher offer to express themselves better after failing to do so against the Hummers in an EPL clash last weekend? Well, a lot can happen in the coming hours and days.
At this point, West Ham would be unwilling to go beyond their third offer. It means anything above the Hammer's latest offer of €45 would be enough to excite Ajax's base.
— Waakyease🇬🇭🇬🇭 AK-0011736 (@Yhaw_sydez) August 24, 2023
Could Arsenal get over the edge with a better offer for Mohammed Kudus?
While Arsenal's summer business seems to have slowed down, hijacking West Ham's deal with Ajax could be a tempting move for the Gunners.
However, as Mikel Arteta always says, he does not talk about players belonging to other teams.
Perhaps, a collapse in the West Ham deal said to be nearing the final stages would trigger a move by the Gunners.
Like Chelsea, Arsenal have been closely monitoring Mohammed Kudus as he is a player they would want to bring to North London.
ARSENAL need to get Kudus as soon as Balogun to Monaco is finalised!! https://t.co/fGXMNGyucy
— Peter (P_Dubzz88) 🇬🇭 (@p_rock88) August 24, 2023
Great midfield addition for David Moyes
While it is almost certain Mohammed Kudus will not feature for Ajax in the second leg of the Europa League playoffs to be played on 31st August, he is undoubtedly a highly prized asset.
Ajax head coach Maurice Steijin expressed confidence in having Kudus feature for his team in the second leg of the Europa League playoffs. The statement by Steijin could be a hint the deal with West Ham is far from over contrary to media reports.
Mohammed Kudus is a baller, he's going to cook in the EPL. West ham got a world class player pic.twitter.com/O3zt8RqXMG
— OBAMA🇺🇸🇬🇭 (@Yo__1Obama) August 24, 2023
The summer transfer window closes on 1st September and West Ham would want the Kudus deal done before Ajax welcome Lodogorets for the second leg of the Europa League playoffs at the end of the month.
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