Stoke chief says permanent transfer ‘very difficult’ to complete.
Stoke City may not be able to land Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on a permanent basis this summer, says Potters’ chief executive Tony Scholes.
Stoke had the 25-year old on loan from the Reds at the Britannia stadium last season, but the Merseysiders’ boss Brendan Rodgers possibly wants a transfer fee that Stoke cannot afford to pay for the Moroccan international.
Assaidi netted five times in 25 games for Stoke last season, and gave Mark Hughes’ team more penetration in the final third at some vital moments during the season.
The versatile winger has 13 caps for Morocco.
“We’ve spoken to Liverpool about Oussama and we’ve spoken to his agent,” Scholes was quoted by FourFourTwo.
“Sometimes deals look difficult to do and this one, if I’m frank, this is in the very difficult section. We’ll see.”
Assaidi, although inconsistent, is seen as a bright talent by Liverpool, who probably feel that they can get a better deal for the former Heerenveen man if they put him up for sale in the open transfer market.
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