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Assaidi open to Stoke offer

Oussama Assaidi has refused to rule out the prospect of making a permanent move to Stoke City over the summer.

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Oussama Assaidi: Has impressed during a season-long loan at Stoke

Oussama Assaidi: Has impressed during a season-long loan at Stoke

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The tricky winger has spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool.

He has been offered regular tastes of Premier League life under Mark Hughes, with a productive season only disrupted by injury.

Assaidi admits to having thoroughly enjoyed his time at Stoke and would be willing to discuss an extended stay if an agreement can be reached with his parent club.

The 25-year-old said in The Sentinel: "I don't know yet what my future is, but I say always that I'm very happy at Stoke. The manager believes in me, that's what I need.

"He started me against Fulham and I'm very happy I scored and got man of the match as well because if you don't play for seven weeks that's very nice.

"I didn't hear the fans singing 'sign him up' but that's nice that they believe in me and I'm very happy that the fans were singing that.

"I don't know what I can say about it because I'm still under contract at Liverpool and I have to go back, but I'm very happy, we'll see what happens.

"We will see what Liverpool say. If they say there's no chance to play there then Stoke is a good option."

Assaidi believes the future is bright for Stoke, with Hughes having implemented a more attacking approach that leans heavily on the creative talents of forward-thinking figures.

He added: "We have so much quality. Marko (Arnautovic), (Peter) Odemwingie, (Stephen) Ireland, so much quality and you can see what we can do when we play together.

"They are different strikers, Odemwingie and Crouchy. Crouchy has the presence in the air and you can pass it to his feet, he's very strong.

"Odemwingie has the runs behind the centre-backs. They are different players and give us different options. They both work."

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