Stoke City’s £7million move for Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi looks on the verge of collapse, due to the players wage demands, according to the Express.
The Potters have been locked in negotiations for the winger for over a week, but are yet to make a breakthrough with regards to personal terms.
Mark Hughes has declared he is ready to turn his attentions elsewhere unless the matter is resolved quickly.
The Moroccan spent last season on loan at the Britannia Stadium, and caught the eye with some exciting performances.
He made 25 appearances in total, scoring five goals – most memorably a stunning last minute winner against Liverpool’s title rivals Chelsea.
Hughes has targeted both Assaidi and Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond to help boost his flanks next season, and thought progress had been made having agreed a fee of £4.5million with the Reds, which could yet rise to £7million.
The signing of Assaidi would give the club a major boost, following their capture of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona last week.
The 23-year-old was allowed to make the move to the Britannia, having failed to impress at Roma, Milan and Ajax during a frustrating spell of his career.