Stoke City's Glenn Whelan is wanted by Aston Villa.
The FC Porto defender was on loan at Stoke for the 2016/17 season, and impressed many during his time with the Potters.
The midfielder played every Premier League game for the Potters last season.
Victor Moses spent last season on loan from Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.
Assaidi moves to strengthen the Stoke squad following Peter Odemwingie's injury.