Liverpool loanee set to seal permanent exit from club

With plenty of transfer activity expected this summer, some players will have to be moved on before others can be brought in.

BBC Sport are reporting that Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is eager to tie up the permanent signing of Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi, on loan at the club since the beginning of the season.

The Moroccan, who became one of Brendan Rodgers' first signings when he joined for £2.4 million from Heerenveen in 2012, was hailed as an "exciting player" upon his arrival by the new Anfield boss, but enjoyed precious few chances to wow the crowd during what will likely be his only season with the Reds.

Assaidi mainly featured in the Europa League in his and Rodgers' debut campaign at Anfield, with just 77 minutes in the Premier League spread across four substitute appearances to his name last year. 

His current campaign at the Potters has been a much more productive season for the skilful forward, having scored or assisted nine times in his 24 appearances this season. A knee injury in February curtailed what would have been an even more positive year for the 25-year-old, with Assaidi only just returning to the field. It wouldn't be a surprise if the former Eredivisie star performed even better at the Britannia in 2014-15.

"There's been tentative enquiries," said Hughes on a potential permanent transfer for the player.

"We like Ossie and if we could come to an arrangement with Liverpool we would like to bring him here."

With Liverpool still on the look out for reinforcements for the wide areas, Rodgers has clearly decided the club can afford to cut their losses on Assaidi and target a higher level of player, but if the Moroccan hits form for their Premier League rivals he may just have wished he'd have persevered with the winger. 

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