Stoke City have signed Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi on a season-long loan for the second summer in a row, reports the Guardian. The attacking midfielder finalised his move to the Britannia Stadium to play for another 12 months under Mark Hughes, putting pen to paper on the final day of this summer’s transfer window.
Last season Assaidi established himself as an important player for the Potters. He made 19 appearances for the team, scoring 4 times in the Premier League. A direct, quick, attacking midfielder, he brings another offensive option to their set-up, and some extra energy into their side.
This season, he could operate as cover for Peter Odemwingie who has suffered a potentially long-term knee injury. The Nigerian international is another who is establishing himself as a fans favourite, but he could now face a significant period on the sidelines.
It is believed that Stoke will pay Liverpool up to £1 million in transfer fees as part of the loan arrangement, and that they could be offered the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season. Assaidi is expected to be incorporated back into the first-team very quickly, and will hope that he can build on the success he has already enjoyed at the club.