Mohammed Kudus: Spurs second in race to sign Ajax sensation

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner 6 Oct 2022 11:29 BST 3 min read
Mohammed Kudus, Ajax, 2022/23

Mohammed Kudus has been a shining light for Ajax this season and is already attracting transfer speculation having been thrust into the spotlight.

Kudus has benefitted from the sale of Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund to lead the line for the Amsterdam side this season, and though they have been depleted by the loss of several star players such as Ryan Gravenberch, Antony and Lisandro Martinez, he has proven to be a potent force at the forefront of the attack.

Before this term, the 22-year-old Kudus only have five Ajax goals to his name in 42 appearances, but he has become one of Europe’s most-wanted young forwards thanks to a return of eight goals in 12 matches this season, coming at the rate of one every 65.5 minutes of pitch time this term.

The Ghana international, who is in the process of making an unlikely transition from box-to-box midfielder to forward, is valued by FootballTransfers at €5 million, but that value is set to rocket as the season progresses.

Inevitably, there are already teams clamouring to sign this breakout talent, who previously played for Nordsjaelland in Denmark.

Dortmund favourites to land Kudus

Tottenham are the Premier League side reported to be most closely following Kudus, according to a report from Bild. Antonio Conte wants further investment in his squad to provide him with more offensive options in attack.

“Now we have to go step by step, have patience, take time, you need to have time and to build an important squad to face a competition like the Champions League,” the manager said.

“If you think 'yeah I want to make some rotations' and it is a bit difficult. We know this situation with the club and the club knows very well we need time and patience, to try to go step by step. I spoke about the transfer market, that we needed more transfer markets to reach a good level. We know this. At the same time, we want to be competitive, to try to do everything.”

Mohammed Kudus, Ajax, 2022/23

Everton are also closely watching Kudus.

Borussia Dortmund, though, are favourites to land the young forward. The main reason behind this is that they will be able to guarantee him regular game time at a high level, with Haller out for an indeterminate amount of time because of illness.

Persuading Ajax to sell, though, will be no easy task. The Amsterdam side have already lost a string of important players in 2022 and cannot afford to see potentially their next big star depart, too.