While massive arrivals for big fees will grab the headlines, potentially, through this month, Liverpool could be about to pull off a superb bit of business. The Liverpool Echo claim that winger Oussama Assaidi is on the verge of joining Dubai-based side Al-Ahli for, wait for it… £4.7m. A player with, seemingly, little future at Anfield being sold for a more than respectable fee? Good business.
The Morocco international was signed from Heerenveen for £2.4m way back in 2012, but has barely made an impact at the club. He spent last season on loan at Stoke, again not setting the world alight, before a lack of interest in his signature opened the door for another spell at the Britannia… where he’s featured only nine times in the league this season. Reports indicate that he’s been recalled to Merseyside, which lends credence to claims that he will be relocating to the Middle East.
As the stats show, Assaidi is barely within the same league as Liverpool’s current crop of attacking midfield/wing options, albeit with fewer minutes under his belt, suggesting that he’s unlikely to have a chance of getting into Brendan Rodgers’ plans should he return.
The fact his major contribution in English football (video below) took place in a Stole shirt is testament to his lack of impact at Liverpool.