Liverpool midfielder in talks over summer exit

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed the club are in early discussions with Liverpool midfielder Oussama Assaidi over a permanent transfer.

The Liverpool winger has spent the season on loan at the Britannia Stadium, making 24 appearances and finding the net on four occasions - most memorably against Chelsea.

A knee ligament injury interrupted his season with the Potters, but boss Mark Hughes has said he wants to sign up the Anfield midfielder for next term if possible.

"We like Ossie and if we could come to an arrangement with Liverpool we would like to bring him here," Hughes said as reported by talkSPORT.

"He's a valuable player and I think Liverpool recognise that. I think there's been tentative enquiries but nothing concrete yet.

"He's done really well here. It's certainly helped him and Ossie's certainly helped us.

"He's got good friends here. He's got a good relationship with Marko Arnautovic - they make a nice couple! Those things are important to players. If they're happy in an environment then that can help if you're trying to bring them to a club."

The Moroccan international didn't really get a look-in at Anfield before his loan move, and Brendan Rodgers has plenty of options further up the field.

Assaidi would have to compete with Raheem Sterling, Coutinho and Joe Allen among a number of other established first-team stars should he to return to Liverpool for next season.

Stoke face Fulham at the Britannia Stadium this weekend, with the Cottagers fighting for their Premier League survival. Liverpool meanwhile, remain in the title hunt, and will be looking for a victory against Crystal Palace on Monday night at Selhurst Park.

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