Manchester United and Liverpool were put off by the £7million price-tag of Beram Kayal after enquiring about the Celtic midfielder's availability in 2010/11.
Sky Sports reports how the Premier League duo had both been alerted to the Israel international's potential, following his impressive breakthrough season in the SPL.
Kayal has since become disillusioned with life in Scotland after suffering a series of career-threatening injuries over the past few years, and with just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Celtic Park has set his sights on a summer departure.
"Initially, I liked this league, but after all the injuries I now no longer like it," explained the 25-year-old. "There is a lack of technique, but football is played at a breakneck pace, with power and intensity and it doesn't stop for a minute.
"I'm not in love with this league. If someone comes up with an attractive proposition to Celtic and me, then I'll go."
After making a promising start to his Celtic career under Neil Lennon's tutelage, Kayal recalls how he was personally contacted by former Liverpool and Manchester United managers Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson, to discuss the possibility of a potential move to England.
"In my first season at Celtic, a lot of teams came to watch me and tried to find out what my price tag was," he added. "Kenny Dalglish, who was manager of Liverpool, and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United had communications with me.
"When a lot of teams were interested, Celtic wanted too much money - like £6m or £7m. Now, because of my injuries, the price is much lower. But my dream is still alive and well. I am only 26 next month."
Interest from Anfield and Old Trafford has since waned, partly due to the fact that both clubs are now coached by different managers with Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes now tasked with taking Liverpool and Manchester United forward.
As for Kayal, his career is currently in limbo, after suffering another serious injury following a collision with Kaka in Celtic's clash with AC Milan in the Champions League.