Stoke City had looked to have stopped their pursuit of Oussama Assaidi, but negotiations with Liverpool have been struck up again, reports the Telegraph. The situation appears to have reached a breakthrough, and the signing could be secured by the weekend.
Assaidi has been a Stoke target this summer after the player’s successful completion of a loan period at the Britannia last season. Due to the emergence of players such as Raheem Sterling alongside him at Anfield, Assaidi has not been able to break into the Liverpool side, but he was able to make an impression at Stoke.
The transfer fee demands of Liverpool had previously put Stoke off of a permanent deal, but Mark Hughes now appears to be comfortable with a price tag which could reach £7 million. It is believed that £4.5 million will be paid up front, with the possibility of that figure rising based on performance.
The Potters had previously turned to Norwich City and Nathan Redmond in order to solve their search for a winger, but the Championship club turned down a bid of £3.5 million for the player. Hughes had been growing frustrated with his pursuit of Assaidi, and had shown that he was prepared to look elsewhere.
However, the Assaidi purchase now looks to be back on. Should the Moroccan international make the move to Stoke, then he will become the fifth new face brought into the club this summer.