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Assaidi Could Return to Stoke City on Loan

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With his wage demands blocking attempts to get a permanent deal done, Oussama Assaidi could end up with no choice but to head back to Stoke City on loan again.

Steve Haag

Amongst Liverpool's potential outgoings today, the name most often overlooked is Oussama Assaidi. Given he's spent the entire summer on the trainer's table and that the club haven't even bothered to give fans any updates on his status as he continues to recover from a knee injury first suffered in the spring, that isn't entirely surprising.

Stoke City have been interested in the player for some time, but Assaidi's insistence on a significant raise has scuppered repeated attempts to get a deal done. Now, with the window hours away from closing and no future for the player at Liverpool, it seems as though the club may be forced to loan him to Stoke for a second year in a row to get around that.

It might not be an ideal move for Liverpool, but it would at least get Assaidi's wages off the books for another year and likely bring in a moderate loan fee. For Stoke it would give them another season with a player Mark Hughes clearly values. It would also give the clubs a chance to do it all over again next summer before Assaidi's contract runs down in 2016.