Manchester United target beats Liverpool star to national award

Napoli midfielder and Manchester United target Marek Hamsik picked up the Slovak Player of the Year award for the third time in five years.

In the 21st annual poll, organised by daily newspaper Pravda in cooperation with Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the 26-year-old SSC Napoli midfielder regained the prize he took in 2009 and 2010.

In the process he finished 28 votes clear of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

'It is always a good feeling - I had the best season with Napoli last year,' said Hamsik, who scored 11 goals and was Serie A's assist leader with 14 as Napoli finished a very-respectable second behind Turin-based Juventus.

Since 2007, the Slovak Player of the Year award has been contested heavily by just two players, Napoli's Marek Hamsik and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel.

The award was established in 1993, there have been 13 difference winners, with only four players winning it more than once. Martin Skrtel is the award record holder, winning it four times in the past seven years, with only Hamsik getting in his way each time.

Manchester United obviously won't be swayed by such awards, however, it does at least show how highly-rated he is by those that watch him play most.

David Moyes reportedly tried to buy the player in the winter window, but because of one reason or another, nothing materialised.

The reported valuation on the head of the 26-year-old is somewhere inline with £25m mark, with suggestions Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentis would allow him to leave for big money.

He is certainly a player that is on their radar, and therefore could be poached by Moyes in the summer.

Check out Hamsik performing below:


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