Newcastle United are set to rival Liverpool for the signature of Mohammed Salah, according to Sky Sports.
Brendan Rodgers' side were though to be in the driving seat for the Basel midfielder, however it is now thought that Newcastle are also weighing up an offer for the Egyptian.
The 21-year-old found the net both home and away in Basel's incredible Champions League double over Chelsea this season, with three further goals in Europe's top competition seeing him attract plenty of admirers from across the continent.
Salah has also been in fine form on the international stage, with six goals in just eight games during Egypt's failed World Cup qualifying campaign.
Basel are thought to be looking for around £16million for their prized asset, however Liverpool value him at closer to £10million.
That could leave room for Newcastle to nip in ahead of the Reds, and it would not be the first time they have capitalised on some Merseyside hesitation either, having snatched midfielder Sylvain Marveaux from under their noses back in 2011.
However given the poor start the Frenchman has made to his Newcastle career, Liverpool are unlikely to feel too aggrieved about that.
At the touted price, any Newcastle move for Salah will surely be dependent on the future of Yohan Cabye, who is reportedly close to a £26million move to Paris St Germain. However that move in itself is said to be dependent on whether Newcastle can sign Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella as a replacement, further adding to the complications.
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