Stoke City fans have raised a pint in the Football Transfer Tavern to the news coming out of The Telegraph which claims Mark Hughes is closing in on a £7 million deal for Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi.
Hughes has finally made a breakthrough in his pursuit of the Moroccan international and a deal could go through before the weekend according to reports.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at the Britannia Stadium and caught the eye with some exciting performances.
His last minute winner against Chelsea and stunning strike against Newcastle United are just a couple of moments that appear to have convinced Hughes to fork out £7 million to sign the former Heerenveen winger on a permanent basis.
Stoke were preparing to turn their attentions to Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond, but seem to have struck a deal with Liverpool that will see them pay £4.5 million up front for the tricky wide man and the rest of the fee in installments.
The Moroccan was signed by Liverpool from the Eredivisie in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £2.6 million.
He was never really given an opportunity to shine in the Premier League for the Reds and now looks set to become Stoke’s fifth signing of the summer following Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell, Mame Biram Diouf and Dionatan Teixeira.
Liverpool fans. Would you have liked to have seen Oussama Assaidi given a chance to shine at Anfield next season? Stoke fans, is he worth £7 million? Let us know your thoughts below.
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