Liverpool have recalled winger Oussama Assaidi from loan at Stoke City and and are ready to offload him to Middle East club Al-Ahli for £4.75million.
Oussama Assaidi joint the Reds in 2012, in Brendan Rodgers’ first year, but his Liverpool career never took off. He barely had a few appearances in the league, and was featured occasionally in cup competitions. When he did get decent minutes on the pitch, he showed attacking flair and promise, but he could not convince Rodgers’ to grant him a few starts to really do anything worthwhile in the Liverpool shirt. He was sent out on loan last season at Stoke City and did reasonably well and quickly became a favorite among Stoke fans. Mark Hughes himself spoke very appreciatively of the player on a number of occasions and try to sign him permanently at the end of the season, but negotiations could not bear an ideal result. He was loaned out once again to the Potters at the beginning of this season.
The 26-year-old’s time in the Premier League is now coming to a close, as he flew out to Dubai to hold talks with Al-Ahli.
Brendan Rodgers said that not much activity was expected in January from the club, unless they can find and target a player they think would improve their side considerably. It has also been mentioned that the Reds would only make signings if they were able to raise some money from sales and £4.5m for the Morocco international is a good deal to get started. The Moroccan winger is clearly not in the plans on Merseyside and keeping him at the club doesn’t make much sense. Fabio Borini is the other name that could be sold in this window although there are yet to be any offers placed for him. In the summer, Liverpool accepted two bids for the Italian from Sunderland and QPR but the player was determined to stay put and prove a point at the Merseyside club. That hasn’t worked out too well for the player and a move away from the club could get him regular starts that he needs because he is a young player who no doubt, possesses good talent, and with regular game time, could do well, like was the case last season on his loan at Sunderland. Borini ended up being the Black Cats’ top scorer and was also awarded the Young Player of the Year award for his spell at the club.
Liverpool need to get in a goalkeeper, desperately, and if they can raise decent amount of money from some departures, they could possibly look at some additions this winter.