By Kevin Koczwara
Liverpool’s official website announced today that the team had agreed to a transfer deal with Dutch side Heerenveen for winger Oussama Assaidi, 24. The team expects the Moroccon International to undergo and pass his medical at Melwood.
Assaidi has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen and been capped by Morocco 22 times after making his debut in February of 2011.
The Daily Mail reports that the player is in the last year of his contract, rejected a move to Ajax earlier this summer, and was wanted by Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray. It also reports the player will triple his £7,000 per week wages he currently earns at Heerenveen.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been actively looking for another winger to plug the holes left by Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez’s departures from the club this summer. The 24-year-old should add depth to the team and might prove to be a bit of shrewd business by the club as it looks to try to fill gaps in the roster by adding young depth to the team.
Assaidi is Rodgers’ third signing of the summer after Joe Allen and Fabio Borini both joined the club.
Here’s what two journalists who cover/watch the Dutch top-flight had to say about Assaidi today when the transfer was announced.
For those asking, Oussama Assaidi is classic Dutch scoring winger. R-footed, can play on both sides. Good crosser from R,takes on men from L—
LeanderLastNameNoFit (@LeanderAlphabet) August 16, 2012
For those asking Oussama Assaidi: dynamic winger, can play either flank but stronger on the right, great dribbler and has an eye for goal.—
Mohamed Moallim (@jouracule) August 16, 2012