Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Moroccan international winger Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen for around £3million.
The 24-year-old was in Liverpool this morning to tie up paperwork and complete a medical. He will begin training with the squad immediately, but will not be part of Saturday’s Premier League opener away at West Brom.
Assaidi is new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ third signing of the summer after the moves for Italian striker Fabio Borini and Welsh and Team GB international midfielder Joe Allen.
On arriving on Merseyside, Assaidi told the club’s official website, “I’m very happy to play for this big club. The first time I spoke to the coach I had a good feeling. I had offers from other big clubs but I’ve been waiting for this moment.
“The coach gave me a good feeling. It will be a dream to play with these big players and I hope training will help me to be a good player here.
“When I watch Liverpool it’s always a good atmosphere, the fans are fantastic and I’m happy to be here.”
Rodgers welcomed Assaidi to Liverpool and says he is the perfect signing for the role he was looking to fill.
“We’re delighted with the signing, he’s a young player who has done very well, in particular in the last couple of seasons, in Holland.
“He fits our style perfectly, he’s an exciting player who is very good in one versus one situations and I think he’s a player that will excite the crowd.
“We’re not expecting too much too early, he needs time to adapt but we’re delighted he’s chosen to come here over a number of other clubs.
“As I said, I’ll look forward to helping his development and I hope he’ll become a very good part of this club.”
Assaidi comes in after the departure of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy, who could all play attacking wide positions.