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Man Utd-linked Mohammed Kudus wins Player Of The Year Award

Manchester United transfer target Mohammed Kudus was named the Ghana Footballer of the Year after an outstanding season with Ajax and his country.

Ghana may have failed to make it out of the group stages at the 2022 World Cup, but the lightning-fast forward took Qatar by storm.

As arguably the best Black Stars performer in the Middle East, he tallied two goals and an assist, which probably went a long way in earning him the flattering award.

Mike Verwiej from De Telegraaf insists the 22-year-old resides high on Erik ten Hag’s relatively compact list of priorities as the Dutchman warms up for a busy summer.

The 53-year-old’s proclivities for reviving old acquaintances highlighted his first summer at Old Trafford, with Antony and Lisandro Martinez costing Man Utd upwards of £150 million.

But Ten Hag is seemingly not done doing business with his former employers. He’s now keen to rob them of another phenomenal talent in Kudus.

Ajax had a rough 2022/23 season in the Eredivisie. They finished third behind Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven and will miss out on Champions League football for the first time since 2017/18.

Without the charm of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the Lancers may have a hard time holding on to their up-and-coming stars, such as Kudus.

The Ghanaian was a rare shining light in Amsterdam last season, netting 18 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.

It’s no wonder Ten Hag has set his sights on the talented youngster.

Anthony Martial’s career at Old Trafford is nearing its expiry date after the Frenchman failed to take advantage of several opportunities he was given to prove his worth last season.

Wout Weghorst is already part of Man United’s history, leaving Ten Hag strapped for reliable centre-forward options.

Harry Kane’s switch from Tottenham Hotspur is a pipe dream, but Kudus could be a realistic candidate to lead the line next season.