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Stoke City keen on securing permanent Assaidi deal

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will turn his attention to securing the future of on-loan winger Oussama Assaidi, with talks having already begun with his parent club Liverpool.

Assaidi starred in Stoke's 4-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.

It's important that we accept that he's not our player, he's Liverpool's player, but he's done really well for us and we're very pleased with what he's produced.

There is a hope we might be able to bring him in and a lot of that is down to the player himself. You need the right players around you to maximise your ability and I think he's found that at Stoke City, so we're hopeful.

But it's out of our hands to a certain extent because it depends what Liverpool value him at.

– Mark Hughes


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Stoke contacted Spurs over rumoured Adam snub

Stoke sought assurance from Spurs that everyone will shake the hand of Charlie Adam should he make the starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League clash.

A rumour surfaced on Friday suggesting some of the visiting side would snub Adam because of ill feeling towards the playmaker.

The Scot has been the instigator of a number of controversial tackles in games against Tottenham and Paulinho was out for a month after being felled by Adam in the reverse fixture in December.

We've made contact with Spurs to see if there's any truth in it and they assure us there's absolutely nothing. So we'll take it with a pinch of salt.

We were a little bit taken aback by it. When I read it I thought it was absolute bunkum. We made the call and it just confirmed what we felt anyway.

Charlie's done really well this year and he's in my thoughts for the game tomorrow certainly. He came on against Cardiff to good effect.

– Stoke manager Mark Hughes
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