Assaidi spent the last season on loan at Stoke City, scoring 5 goals in 25 appearances. Assaidi was signed from Heerenveen in August 2012 for a fee of £3.5m, but failed to impress Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Mark Hughes was impressed by Assaidi last season and he is looking to sign him permanently, but he has been left shocked with Liverpool’s valuation of the player.
Reports suggest that personal terms has been agreed with the player, while Stoke will be hoping to negotiate the fee to a more acceptable level. Stoke have already signed Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley on a free transfer. Bardsley signed a three-year deal with an option for a further 12 months on Thursday. Stoke have also agreed a three-year deal with former Manchester United forwar Mame Biram Diouf.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be hoping to offload the winger along with few others. Rodgers wants to generate a good sum from players sale. Reports earlier this month suggested Liverpool are looking to sell 15 players including the likes of Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva, Fabio Borini, Iago Aspas, Pepe Reina and Luis Alberto.
Rodgers:”That’s the idea. Obviously it’s the off-season and we have the World Cup and other various things going on. People need to refresh and have a break because we have a long season ahead next season.
“We’re still working on signings, the staff behind the scenes, myself, the recruitment team, Ian Ayre – we’re all working hard still in terms of looking to get players in. Of course, at the club, where we are now, the signings are complex; they are not all simple signings. But we need to strengthen up the squad and that’s something that we’re working hard to do over the next number of weeks.”
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