Mohamed Salah has been tipped to make a move to Liverpool by former teammate and friend Mohamed Zika - who claims he is '99% sure' that the player will move to Merseyside.
21-year-old Salah, a senior Egyptian international who has 27 caps to his name already, has emerged as quite a star for FC Basel since moving to the Swiss champions back in April 2012.
The rapid winger, who combines his blistering pace with admirable technique on the ball and is valued at around the £10 million mark, continues to impress at St. Jakob-Park, with his excellent performances so far this season including two winning goals against Premier League outfit Chelsea during the group stages of the Champions League.
Such consistent and exciting displays have seen Salah inevitably linked with a move away from Basel, with Liverpool having been extensively linked with the player as well as defending top-flight champions Manchester United.
However, despite David Moyes' side having been linked with a potential double swoop for the player and fellow Basel star Fabian Schar, Zika has tipped Salah to move to their fierce Anfield rivals.
"Yes, I am 99% sure this will happen," Zika told Egyptian TV in an interview that was cited by the Daily Express.
"He makes us and all of Egypt proud. Everybody talks about Mohamed Salah now – and aside from that he’s my friend. I'm very happy for him."
Such a move would presumably come as quite a blow to Manchester United and Moyes. While the Scot is sure to have a number of transfer targets in mind for the January window, a player with Salah's potential would undoubtedly revitalise his options out wide.
Salah's signing would surely prove somewhat of a coup for Liverpool. While Raheem Sterling impressed with his performance during the 5-0 mauling of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, his inconsistent reputation suggests that he cannot be relied upon to play at such a high level all season.