Oussama Assaidi is reportedly in advanced talks for a surprise move to club football in Morocco – some 18 months since he last played a game.
The 32-year-old has been plagued by injury since his highlight-spattered two loan spells at Stoke City under Mark Hughes, when he caught the eye with skill, pace and a rocket shot – most famously to score a last minute winner against Chelsea.
He left Twente at the end of 2018/19 after playing a bit part role in their promotion back to the top flight and has since remained a free agent.
Now the Morocco international, who grew up in Amsterdam, is being tipped by the North African press to sign for Maghreb de Fes, who have just won promotion back to the highest level.
Maghreb are one of Morocco’s best-supported clubs and play at the 45,000-capacity Fez Stadium – but they have not won the league title since 2011. Raja Casablanca are the reigning champions.
Assaidi was brought into Stoke by Mark Hughes in the summer of 2013 on loan from Liverpool and he scored five times in 25 league and cup appearances that season, forging a cheeky partnership with Marko Arnautovic.
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Hughes had wanted to sign him for good that summer but a knee injury put the deal on hold and by the time a second loan was agreed, Assaidi would have to compete with Arnautovic, Victor Moses, Mame Diouf and Jon Walters for game time.
He left for a mega-money deal at Al Ahli Dubai that winter and returned to Holland in 2016/17.