Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi returns to Stoke City on loan

Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi is going to Stoke City on loan for the second consecutive season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 26, 2014: Stoke City's Oussama Assaidi during the FA Cup 4th Round match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds were hopeful of selling the Moroccan international on a permanent basis after agreeing a fee with the Potters earlier this summer, but personal negotiations pushed the deal back to a loan move.

It is understood that Liverpool will receive £1 million for the loan and Stoke will also pay Assaidi’s wages for the rest of the season.

In a transfer deadline day of little activity for Liverpool, defender Sebastian Coates went to Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season, whilst Fabio Borini turned down a move to QPR to stay at Anfield.

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  • tyler durden

    Another one who was asking for far more than he was worth and so blocked a move. Hopefully we are looking out for people who don’t want to play football in more recent deals as it us just sad to see.

    • Abyss

      How does one look out for behavior like this though? Don’t think Assaidi’s track record was checkered in this aspect.

      • Anthony C

        His national coach praised his attitude before we signed him. Saying Chamakh had a lot to learn from his work ethic. Agents have the players’ ear and you know those sc*m are all about the commission. There’ll always be players like Danny that want to play and will take a financial hit, and players like Borini…He’s either deluded or greedy

        • Abyss

          I don’t understand why players f*ck with their own playing careers just to get top dollar – it’s not like they can’t have both. They’re going to be multi-millionaires eitherways.

          • Anthony C

            Greed that a normal person like me or you (unless you’re rich?) couldn’t comprehend..I get that they work hard to get there. If I was BR I would be done with Borini. It shows that he’s just a mercenary with an expensive wedding to pay for

  • Anthony C

    This time after the last transfer window I was ranting and raving on here..Now I’m like a zen Buddha..All is good. A very successful, calm and splendiforous window! Well done Ayre, BR and FSG..Nothing they could do about the greedy sh*ts that wouldn’t leave..and also hilarious watching Utd and Arsenal panic buy..Wellbeck 16M!? Ahaha

    • Rizplanet

      English premium ;-)

      • Juan Del Rojo

        He might just thrive as the center forward/target man up front. Arsenal, for all their lauded slick passing, stick to a traditional setup centered around a single striker up top supported by attacking midfielders coming from behind to assist; Welbeck won’t be shoehorned into a wide position to accommodate a Van Persie and Rooney anymore, so I think he could really thrive as the main guy.

        But still, given their respective pedigrees, Balotelli was significant value for money, and admittedly has behaved himself thus far.

      • Abyss

        Welbeck is actually a decent all round player and does most things well except score goals. 16m is a tad bit high for him, but not that much considering he’s English. Arsenal aren’t taking a huge risk with him since I can easily see him go a mid-table club for around 12mil.

        • tyler durden

          Compare his age and achievements with those of Lallanna and their relative prices and you can see that Wellbeck is not a bad deal given the “English premium” we are always told about.
          Prices have gone mad this year, with £50m for side show bob and £5m for Alonso – all deals seem to be done in a vacuum with no reference to each other.
          overall, we’ve done pretty well, but a lot of that is on the assumption that the players we have bought on potential do come good as we are seeing how difficult it is to get rid of those who don’t want to go.

      • Greg Jones

        I don’t think he can be as good as Sturridge but he can do better than he has. I think with Arsenal having a British core as well as us if Hodgepodge wasn’t sh1te he would play a diamond with combined Liverpool and Arsenal players and there could be something about England.

  • Abyss

    I realize it doesn’t matter a whole lot in the larger scheme of things financially, but I’m still unhappy about players getting an upper hand over the club like this. What is Assaidi thinking out here? Stoke are a decent mid-table club and in a way, he’s lucky how things have turned out for him(although he worked for it as well so not saying it was just luck). Premier League is actually one of the highest paying venues unless he wants to ply his trade in the middle east and it’s definitely one of the best leagues in the world, so I can’t understand the brazenness behavior here.

    I think we’ve got to do something as a club in the future for getting rid of unwanted players. Assaidi tries this sh*t again next season and he’ll be a free agent. Don’t think we’ll get more than 4mil next season either considering he just has one year left on his contract, unless he has an absolute blinder.

    • Anthony C

      I know what you’re saying but the flip side is that we can reject bids when players want to leave too. It’s his career if he wants to waste it, it will affect him more than LFC..I just don’t see what they’re playing at. It’s fairly obvious that Borini won’t have a sniff this season..I wouldn’t even give him Carling cup games after all this, I’d play Brad Jones up front ahead of him

      • Abyss

        Actually, Assaidi’s got a pretty good deal at the end of it. He still gets to play with Stoke, albeit with the lesser LFC wages for a year. And if he continues performing the way he did last season, he can even start a mini-bidding war, going to the club that’s offering him the highest wages.

        Absolutely does my head in this stuff.

        • Anthony C

          Leave him to it..We’ve got bigger fish to fry. he’ll end being a mid level PL player at best..

    • Rizplanet

      Yup, not just Assaidi… GJ, Reina, Borini… the list is fairly long….

      • Abyss

        The issues are somewhat different for Reina, GJ and the other old stars though. They came in at a time when the club was looking to be bigger and better and their performances justified giving them a raise in their contracts(although still could have been handled better). Atleast in that sense they earned it before being labeled as overpaid. Assaidi and Reina seem to be reverse cases – they are getting the promise of more playing time, importance and better wages from the interested clubs and are still acting pricey about it. I’d understand if 4-5 clubs were interested in them..try and get the best contract and start a bidding war. But if a manager has categorically stated that he won’t be playing you, your best bet is to leave.

        And I really don’t think the comparison with Henderson would be right here. Rodgers has shown a ruthless side to him already..Borini’s not going to get more than 4-5 appearances till winter transfer window assuming everyone’s fit.

        • Rizplanet

          Starter at a small club vs. squad player at large club is a tough dilemma for a lot of players…Look at guys like Shaqiri or Isco… They’d easily get starting roles at many clubs…

          Maybe Borini felt it is not worth making the jump from LFC to QPR for just a 10k raise…

          I’m not saying i agree with his thought process, but i do understand it… I am okay with him and Lambert leading the line for the cup games so we don’t risk any injuries to danny…

          • Abyss

            You do make a good point here. Maybe I did get a little carried away…but point still somewhat remains. Shaqiri was looking to leave himself…it was Bayern that refused to entertain any offers. With Isco, neither Madrid or player were interested in exit. And both these players get enough game time at their respective clubs.

            With Borini, Rodgers has already made it somewhat clear to him that he isn’t going to get game time out here. Good luck to the lad though..I ought to cool down in a couple of days about this. But he is taking a huge risk out here since Rodgers isn’t afraid to make tough decisions as we all know.

          • Rizplanet

            No one wants to gamble with their careers, so i am going to give him the benefit of doubt for now..

            Maybe Borini feels he can push Lambert for #3 and he feels since BR has a track record of backing youngsters, he can make it big if he grabs the odd chance that comes his way…

  • Juan Del Rojo

    I think the transfer committee have licked their wounds from failed transfer windows past, and have become better professionals because of the early growing pains. Even with the Assaidi deal, Liverpool come out on top: Assuming when he signed for us in August 2012 it was on a standard 3-4 year contract term, that means if he is surplus to requirements, the club and player can amicably part ways in 2015. Under the Bosman rule, if a player has a year or less left on their current contract, they can negotiate with other clubs as a pending free agent.

    The 1 million pounds paid by Stoke City this summer and the fee they paid for last year’s loan means Liverpool have already broke even on the 2.4 million pounds paid to Heerenveen to acquire Assaidi in the first place.

    Well done, a low-risk gamble which didn’t pay off for FSG, but they got to walk away from the table with all their money.

    • Rizplanet

      Any idea if we got any loan fee for coates?

    • tyler durden

      Not too bad, but I think they were looking at the scenario of the £7m fee to move him on at a profit – like Chelsea did with Lukaku. I think that, and the Borini stand off – with both players aware that if they go on a free then the difference ends up in their wages – will mean we adjust the sights slightly, but we will still keep on this “farming” model that all top clubs have adopted.
      Personally I hate it – in the same way that I hate tax breaks for millionaire bankers who f*cked up all our pension funds. Clubs should be limited to a set number of players they are allowed on the books (30 maybe?) – including those on loan – so they have to make a choice and let more go and develop a career elsewhere, meaning the next layer of clubs have better players to choose from and more chance of challenging the big boys and stopping this march towards oligopoly we are now on.
      Ok, rant over. breathe, smile, relax.

  • Gerrard17

    I just read an article on telegraph revealing Falcao’s wage figures. Its a hell of a big risk for a player who just came back from a long term injury.

    265k a week for him and that is the net value that hes getting. In order for Falcao to have 265k net a week, scum must pay nearly 340k a week (Tax problems in UK). Bloody hell!! No wonder Arsenal and city refused to pay that kind of salary!

    • Durban Red

      I’ve also heard it’s actually in the region of 350k a week!! Someone here posted a neat stat that combined with Shrek and RVP, United will be paying in excess of 800k a week for the three of them, resulting in annual wages of over 41 Million!!! Can’t help but make me smile :) Ear to freaking ear, the scum.

      • Greg Jones

        Mata and Di Maria won’t be on pittance either. They have gone to a club in decline, they will be getting paid quite handsomely.

        • Durban Red

          Mata and Di Maria are just class.. I actually feel sorry for them from a professional perspective. They both joined a club that’s in a deep spiral out of control, riddled with debt and a manager that clearly doesn’t believe in changing systems that don’t work.

    • Greg Jones

      Not to mention loan fee.

  • Durban Red

    Ian Ayre, hold your head up high. Wonderful window and we are set for the future. Perfect balance and just in time for Champions League. Big respect to FSG as well who may have been weary after having their hands burnt with Comolli and all his signings. Now to concentrate on the football and have a cracking season!

    • Gerrard17

      I’m glad that the transfer window is closed. BR and the lads can really focus on their game now. Too bad this stupid international break is this week.

      • ARC1997

        The break is a blessing for the team.. The new signings can gel in.. Those who won’t play the internationals will be greatly benefited.. Say for example Balo…

        • Gerrard17

          Why will Balo not play??
          And I don’t think its a blessing for the team. Most of them will come back only next Tuesday or Wednesday and they’ll be tired after playing two matches. So the players will be together only for 2-3 days before the Aston Villa match.

          I just hope none of our players get injured playing those friendlies.

          • Durban Red

            He was left out of the Italy squad.. Unbelievably.

          • Gerrard17

            Wow!! I did not know that!! Maybe Conte does not like Mario’s attitude. A bit surprised though. After Pirlo, Mario is their most talented player.

          • Durban Red

            Exactly! He is their one proper striker. I think Conte probably saw fit to do this after the rise of Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci last season.

          • Gary Burgess

            he got 2 yellows at the world cup and is banned for the first game