Hughes still wants Assaidi

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is still hoping to agree a deal to sign Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on a permanent basis.

Last Updated: 14/07/14 at 14:30 Post Comment

Oussama Assaidi: Was on loan at Stoke

Oussama Assaidi: Was on loan at Stoke

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Assaidi enjoyed a successful spell on loan at the Britannia Stadium last season and they have been in talks with Liverpool over taking the Moroccan on a full-time basis.

However, so far they been unable to agree a fee with Liverpool for the 24-year-old and Hughes insists the situation remains deadlocked.

"We are where we are on that one," Hughes told the Stoke Sentinel. "Ideally, if we can do something, then yes we will.

"He's someone we know and someone we know can have an impact, so yes we would like to see if something can be done with Ossie.

"But obviously he isn't our player and that means the ball is in Liverpool's court."

Hughes has confirmed bringing in some new wingers is a priority after seeing Matty Etherington, Jermaine Pennant and Michael Kightly all leave the club.

"We are still looking," added Hughes. "We have strengthened defensively, in midfield and up front, so the wide areas is somewhere we have to address, with letting Matty go and not knowing about Ossie.

"It's fair to say we have to look to try to bring a bit more strength into that area."

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