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Winger Reportedly Returning to Stoke for Another Season

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After failing to get a permanent deal done, Liverpool and Stoke have reportedly agreed on another season-long loan for Oussama Assaidi. Stoke will pay a £1M loan fee and all of his wages.

Mark Thompson

Things can move quickly on transfer deadline day, and after earlier reports suggested Oussama Assaidi could end up at Stoke City on loan for another season, a deal now appears nearly completed. It's not the move anybody would have wanted, but with the winger's wage demands preventing a permanent deal, it's a compromise both clubs seem willing to live with.

The clubs had agreed a fee earlier in the summer only for Assaidi—currently on wages of around £25k a week—to demand Stoke City double his salary in order to get a deal done. Stoke, unsurprisingly, baulked at this, and repeated attempts to find a compromise all ended in failure and the real prospect of Assaidi spending a year in Liverpool's reserves.

To avoid this and bring the player to their club for at least another year, Stoke have reportedly agreed to pay Liverpool a £1M loan fee and all of his wages for the coming season to bring him back on loan. Last year's loan deal was structured similarly. Liverpool paid £2.4M to bring Assaidi in from Heerenveen in the summer of 2012. The deal is expected to be announced shortly.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Coates is expected to complete his loan move to Sunderland shortly and Fabio Borini is in talks with QPR over a £12M permanent move.