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Mohamed Salah Reportedly Sparks Transfer Fight Between Liverpool and Tottenham

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  John Obi Mikel of Chelsea and Mohamed Salah of FC Basel battle for the ball  during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Liverpool have entered the race for Mohamed Salah, who is also being monitored by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Salah, still only 21 years of age, is courting attention across Europe for his performances for Basel and Egypt, and Simon Jones of the Daily Mail claims Liverpool are ready to challenge Spurs:

Liverpool are rivalling Tottenham for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah …

Sportsmail revealed Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas was keen on Salah earlier this year but wanted to see whether he continued to progress.

Villas-Boas has asked to be kept informed with Basel ready to sell in January but the Swiss side want £15m.

It would not be the first time this year that Liverpool and Tottenham have earmarked the same player for a potential transfer.

During the summer, Spurs appeared to have pipped the Reds for Brazilian star Willian, only to see Chelsea hijack the deal at the 11th hour.

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Both clubs have a need to introduce width into their squads and Salah offers much speed and flair from the flank. He also knows where the goal is, having netted 17 times in 24 internationals for Egypt.

Liverpool only have Victor Moses as a genuine winger in their squad, prompting Brendan Rodgers to use a more narrow 3-4-1-2 formation this season with wing-backs providing the width.

Salah would give him a different option, either in a 4-3-3 or a more orthodox 4-4-2, should Liverpool need to open up the pitch in order to break down opposition.

Spurs have plenty of options on the right wing, with Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon competing for places, but they lack a genuine alternative on the left.

Salah isn’t a natural left-footer, but he is comfortable off either flank and would be equally threatening when attacking the full-back. He scored against Chelsea earlier this season and looked at home against such a level of competition.

For both squads, the addition of Salah would raise the question of which player makes way for his inclusion in the starting XI.

Liverpool already have a dilemma over who to eject for the returning Philippe Coutinho, with Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson all excellent against West Brom.

Tottenham, in addition to Townsend and Lennon, have summer signings Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to squeeze into the team alongside the central figures of Sandro, Etienne Capoue and Mousa Dembele.

Salah undoubtedly has the direct style to entertain Premier League crowds should he move, but a club like Manchester United—struggling for creativity out wide right now—would arguably be the better fit.

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