MARK HUGHES admits the ongoing pursuit of Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi has gone cold in recent days but is refusing to give up hope of capturing the Moroccan international before the closure of the transfer window.
The pacy wide-man has long been touted as one of the Welshman’s primary summer targets having impressed the Potters chief sufficiently during a successful loan spell last term to make a permanent bid for his services.
Hughes says he and the Club remain keen on concluding a deal to recapture the 25-year old, but says he isn’t sure whether there will be a positive or negative outcome in their efforts to bring the winger back to the Potteries.
“It’s common knowledge that Ozzie (Oussama Assaidi) is somebody that we would like to bring into the Club, but at the moment that deal has gone cold,” Hughes revealed to Stoke City Player
“He is one that we have chased for a while now but there hasn’t been any real movement on that front, so we will just have to wait and see what the situation is with regards to that deal.
“We would like to bring one more player into the Club, but he has got to be of the right quality because as we saw tonight, we have a squad of players with real strength in depth.”
He added: “There are plenty of options available to me and I am really pleased with the business we have been able to conclude so far. We are in a really good place at this moment in time.”