PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah won plenty of admirers during his first season with Liverpool, as he smashed records in 2017/18, netting 32 goals in the Premier League and setting a new tally for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

However, while he got his second chance in the Premier League with Liverpool after a failed spell at Chelsea, things might have been so different for the Egyptian forward, who has signed a new five-year deal with the Reds. Resurfaced quotes showing how he might've started his career abroad at Newcastle.

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According to Ahram Online, back in 2011, Newcastle were in negotiations to sign the winger, initially on loan, with the player himself even quoted as describing the Magpies as a ‘dream move’.

Salah told Ahram Online: “Newcastle will soon make an official offer to sign me for one season. I don’t think Contractors will refuse to let me play in the English Premier League.

“It’s a dream for any player to play in one of the strongest league competitions in the world.

“I want to play abroad, I think this would be my next step.”

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Reports in Egypt at the time claimed the deal eventually collapsed because Newcastle refused to pay a £500,000 loan fee for the season, and the rest as they say is history.