By Callum O'Connell

19th Nov, 2023 | 8:40am

Dean Jones amazed as West Ham United beat Manchester United to Mohammed Kudus signing

Dean Jones has expressed his surprise that Mohammed Kudus was not signed by Manchester United in the summer before his move to West Ham.

The former Eurosport journalist claimed the Manchester club have made a big mistake by not moving for Kudus when you consider the money they have spent on some of their other signings.

Kudus joined West Ham on 28 August, just days before the transfer deadline, and Jones has suggested Man United should have made the first move to bring him to England.

Jones was speaking to GIVEMESPORT on 18 November, as he shared his view: “I think Man United have made a big mistake by not signing Kudus.

“I think that when you look at the amount of money they spent on Antony, from Ajax, and you look at what Kudus was available for at the same club and what he’s brought to the Premier League already.

“Add to the fact that he’s versatile, he could have played out wide, he could have played in behind, he could have led the line. I’m just amazed that Man United didn’t end up going for this player, recently or even before that point.

“He was there, he was up for grabs. Erik ten Hag knew all about him, they had the profile there and they didn’t sign him.”

United’s loss is West Ham’s gain

Such is the impressive nature of Kudus’ start to life in East London, fans and spectators of many top clubs will be suggesting these clubs should have made their move, but West Ham made the most of their opportunity.

When presented with the opportunity to bring such a fine player to the London Stadium, the Hammers, led by David Moyes and Tim Steidten, did not hesitate to get it done, and to have a player with such clamour around him from the big clubs will only benefit them.

Jones is right, though. When considering the eventual transfer fee the Hammers paid was a relatively small fee of just £38million [Sky Sports, 28 August], which pales in comparison to the extortionate prices spent on less effective players in the past.

For now, though, Kudus is a West Ham player and will continue to impress fans and neutrals alike with his displays on the pitch, regardless of where people think he should or shouldn’t have moved.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers want to sign a teenage starlet.