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I was on the phone to Liverpool for half an hour before agreeing to join Manchester United

Paul Gascoigne has revealed just how close he once came to joining Liverpool after holding transfer talks with Sir Kenny Dalglish.

The 57-year-old is one of English football’s most talented ever players, and had his pick of the clubs when leaving Newcastle United in 1988, having just been named PFA Young Player of the Year and in the PFA Team of the Year.

He would end up signing for Tottenham Hotspur in a British record £2.2m deal, despite having already promised Sir Alex Ferguson he would join Manchester United. Yet he actually held talks with Dalglish and Liverpool, who were English champions at the time, before either the Red Devils or Spurs.

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“I was sitting with my dad and the phone went and it was Kenny Dalglish first,” Gascoigne recalled on The Rest Is Football podcast. “I said, ‘dad, it’s Kenny Dalglish’, and he said, ‘I want you to sign for Liverpool’.

“So I spoke to him for half an hour and I put the phone down and I said, ‘dad, to be honest I did not understand a word he said!’

“Then Sir Alex called us, and said, ‘look we want to sign you’. I said, ‘okay, I’ll sign when I come back from holiday’. So I told my dad I’m going to Old Trafford, Man United, and then two days later the phone went and it was to sign for Tottenham.

“I went, ‘look, I’m going to sign for Man United’. I said, ‘dad, it’s Tottenham’. And he said, ‘tell them to f**k off! You’re going to sign for Man United’.

“So I said, ‘my Dad says f**k off, I’m going to Man United.’ He then went, ‘tell your Dad we’ll give him £120k!’

“He went, ‘what are you waiting for then, son?’”