Oussama Assaidi could be staying at Anfield with Stoke City unwilling to meet the Reds’ asking price for the winger.
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Morocco winger Oussama Assaidi could be staying with Liverpool this summer, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has indicated that the Potters are unwilling to pay the fee that the Reds are demanding for a permanent transfer.
Assaidi had an impressive season on loan at the Britannia Stadium last season, scoring four Premier League goals including a stunning late winner against Chelsea, but Liverpool now want to recoup the fee that they originally paid to Eredivisie side Heerenveen for his services.
The 25 year-old, who was born in Morocco but spent his formative footballing years in the Netherlands, had been seen as a flash player with little end product whilst with Brendan Rodgers’ side, but his performances at Stoke went some way to dispelling this assessment.
Rodgers is said to be willing to let Assaidi leave this summer, with new options in the wide attacking positions likely to push him lower down the pecking order, but they are clearly only willing to entertain offers that match their valuation of the player.
Scholes is reported as saying:
“As the chairman and the manager have already said, he’s a player we like.”
“He did very well last year and settled in. Everything points to it being a good match for both the club and the player.
“But, at the moment, the prices we are being quoted are just wrong.”
These quotes seem to indicate that Stoke remain interested in Assaidi, but there is a clear chasm between the two clubs’ valuations of the player that could make a deal unworkable.