Mark Hughes still hopeful of landing Oussama Assaidi at Stoke City

Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2014
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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes reveals that he has not given up on signing Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on a permanent deal.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he remains hopeful of signing Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on a permanent deal.

The 25-year-old Moroccan spent last season on loan at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes recently claimed that a move for Assaidi was unlikely following negotiations with Liverpool, but Hughes is optimistic that a deal can still be done.

"We are where we are on that one," the Welshman told The Sentinel. "Ideally, if we can do something then, yes, we will.

"He's someone we know and someone we know can have an impact so, yes, we would like to see if something can be done with Ossie but obviously he isn't our player and that means the ball is in Liverpool's court."

Assaidi scored five goals in 25 games for Stoke during the 2013-14 campaign.

Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2014
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