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Tuesday 27 August 2013

In brief: Assaidi completes loan move to Stoke

  • Mark Hughes says he is delighted with the signing of Oussama Assaidi

  • Ben Foster was forced off on 77 minutes at Goodison Park

Stoke City have made their fourth signing of the summer with the capture of Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old, who has won 13 caps for Morocco, joined Liverpool last summer from Heerenveen and has made four Barclays Premier League appearances for the Anfield club.

"I spoke to the manager, he told me his hopes for the season and how he sees me fitting into the team and he made it a very attractive move for me," he told the club's website. "He plays football the right way, the way that I want to play, and it was quite an easy decision for me to make in the end.

"He's an exciting player, who has great pace"
Mark Hughes on Oussama Assaidi

"I had a number of options available to me but I feel that this is the best one for me. I am excited about what the season holds for us."

Assaidi began his career in the Netherlands with Almere and then De Graafschap before signing for Heerenveen in 2009. During his time at the club he scored 20 goals in 68 appearances.

"Oussama had a few options and I'm delighted he has chosen to join us," Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said. "He's an exciting player, who has great pace and is very direct and will certainly add another dimension to what we already have at the club."

Foster ruled out

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster is set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot.

The 30-year-old could be out for up to 12 weeks after being forced off with 13 minutes to go of Saturday's match against Everton. Scans have revealed the extent of the injury and the club have confirmed that Foster will have surgery in the next few days.

"There's no hiding the fact this is disappointing news as Ben is a key player for us," Baggies head coach Steve Clarke told the club's website. "He was excellent on Saturday before his injury forced him off.

"In the meantime, I've got two other very good goalkeepers to choose from. Boaz [Myhill] did well when he deputised for Ben last season and Luke [Daniels] showed on Saturday he is a more than capable goalkeeper."

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Key Points

  • Stoke City complete signing of Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool
  • Morocco winger joins the Potters on a season-long loan
  • West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster suffers stress fracture of foot and will miss 12 weeks