Newcastle fans have been reacting to a report that claims Mohamed Salah nearly signed for the Magpies in 2011.
Tuesday night at Anfield was remarkable for a number of reasons. The atmosphere was deafening, Liverpool placed themselves firmly back amongst Europe’s elite, and the Reds’ rampant attack ran riot once again.
Above all else though, Mohamed Salah showed for the one hundredth time this season that he is quite simply unplayable.
The former Chelsea man added two more wonderful goals to his tally, now 43 for the season, but what could have been if the electric Egyptian had moved to Tyneside?
According to a report in the Chronicle, Salah was all set to join Alan Pardew’s Newcastle when he was just 18.
The 18 year-old Salah was still playing for Egyptian side El Mokawloon, but had been noticed by Newcastle’s scouts and even described the move himself as a dream move.
“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,” said young Salah.
“It’s a dream for any player to play in one of the strongest league competitions in the world.”
The deal was a loan with a view to buy, and is thought to have collapsed due to Newcastle’s refusal to pay a loan fee of about £500,000.
The speedy winger eventually joined Swiss side Basel instead, and the rest is history.
Newcastle fans are a pessimistic bunch when it comes to transfers, especially when it’s related to Alan Pardew, and some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
He could have been Pardewed!
— Daren Wiltshear (@wilts23) April 25, 2018
Pardew would of had him as a left back
— Stephen Robson (@StephenRobson3) April 25, 2018
If we had him back then he probably would of been a defender
— Blackie70 (@Blackie701) April 25, 2018
He’d be a top Left Back by now.
— Ash Sales (@ashsales22) April 25, 2018
And Fat Ashley would have sold him the following season as soon as he could make a profit
— Pete Christie (@viper4eva898) April 25, 2018