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Manchester United discuss loan-to-buy deal over Ajax star

The Red Devils are on the hunt for more attacking depth

Manchester United have entered the race for talented Ajax and Ghana forward Mohammed Kudus, according to reports.

The Red Devils are in need of options to bolster their front line, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure leaving just Anthony Martial as a recognised striker at Old Trafford, while Erik ten Hag has been very vocal about the need to add more bodies to his front line this January.

‘It’s always difficult. Strikers are expensive, especially in the winter’, he explained.

‘But you have to set the limits high. We’re looking for it. We need to be creative and do everything we have in our power to get the right players in, who are fitting in the balance.

‘It’s about timing and availability. It’s about so many circumstances playing a role in that. It’s a long period and the window hasn’t even started.”

‘I think we have a squad, we have players who are matching our criteria. But all the games are coming. It’s a tough competition, in all the leagues. We want to keep playing in all the leagues and in the cups as well. So we need players and we need numbers to cover.”

The 22-year-old attacker netted four times and grabbed two assists in six Champions League games, while he also managed two goals in three World Cup group stage outings for Ghana.

And he is attracting the attention of Europe’s elite after a move to Everton fell through on transfer deadline day in the summer, with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund all credited with an interest in the youngster.

As per the report, however, United could look to tie a deal up this January, consisting of a loan move with an option to buy the player in the summer, with the Red Devils only able to afford loans this winter.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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