Thursday, September 7, 2023

West Ham announce Konstantinos Mavropanos signing in boost to Arsenal – but have second bid for Mohammed Kudus rejected

West Ham have announced the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Stuttgart on a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old Greece international joins for an initial fee in the region of £17million plus add-ons.

Mavropanos left Arsenal in 2022 having played just eight timesGetty

He’s now a West Ham playerWest Ham media

The deal will see Arsenal pocket 10 per cent of Stuttgart’s payment, with the Gunners installing a sell-on clause in the contract of a player they dealt to the Bundesliga side in 2022.

Mavropanos joined Arsenal in 2018 from Greek side PAS Giannina for £1.5m, but he only made eight appearances for the Premier League giants before loans with Nurnberg and Stuttgart.

Now he’s back in England with West Ham, and has failed to contain his delight.

He told the club’s website: “I am really happy and excited to be here – and to be back in the Premier League with West Ham United.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Club after last season’s Europa Conference League win – and I am really looking forward to the next step in my career. I can promise the fans I will give everything for them and the shirt.” 

West Ham had a slow start to their summer transfer window, spending much of it negotiating the £105m record departure of captain Declan Rice to Arsenal.

Since that move, money has been reinvested in Edson Alvarez from Ajax for £35.4m, James Ward-Prowse from Southampton for £30m, and now Mavropanos.

On top of that, David Moyes’ side are working hard to land another Ajax star, Mohammed Kudus.

West Ham could land another big signing before the close of the windowGetty

talkSPORT understands that the Hammers have had two bids turned down for the versatile attacker, who starred against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League.

Their second offer was worth £34m plus add-ons, with Ajax setting a £40m price tag before the transfer window closes.

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