Friday, 17th August, 2012
Liverpool switched their attention to Heerenveen winger Oussama Assaidi after missing out on Ibrahim Afellay, according to Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
The Merseyside giants wanted to take the former PSV Eindhoven man to Anfield, but Afellay was unwilling to quit Barcelona and thus the Reds quickly moved to secure Assaidi.
The Moroccan winger has been told that he will not command an automatic first team spot at the English giants, but must instead fight for his place.
Assaidi’s challenge is a similar one to that faced by another Dutchman at Anfield, Ryan Babel, who moved to the Reds from Ajax in 2007, but failed to establish himself as a regular starter, eventually departing for Hoffenheim in 2011.
Liverpool’s newest acquisition played 27 games in the Eredivisie for Heerenveen last season, managing to find the back of the net ten times and providing seven assists.
He joined Heerenveen in 2009 from De Graafschap, but started his career with minnows Omniworld.
Assaidi had just one year left to run on his contract with Heerenveen.
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