It seems Liverpool have done some good business to kick off the 2015 winter transfer window.
James Pierce of the Liverpool Echo is reporting the Reds will make a profit on 26-year-old Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi despite making just 12 appearances for Liverpool since his move from the Eredivisie.
Liverpool paid Dutch side Heerenveen around $4.7 million for Assaidi in August 2012, and according to Pierce, he will now move to the United Arab Emirates for around $7.1 million as Dubai club Al-Ahli came calling.
Assaidi spent healthy time last season on loan at Stoke City, which came to a height when he scored a last-minute winner against Chelsea that went a long way towards killing off the Blues in their Premier League title chase. He became somewhat of a fixture for Stoke until a knee injury stunted his season down the stretch.
Unfortunately, he was never really able to break into the Liverpool side, and went back to Stoke this year, but even at the Britannia he’s now struggling to make the starting lineup.
Pierce says the transfer should go through “in the next 48 hours.”
Before coming to the Premier League, Assaidi spent his entire early career in the Eredivisie and lower divisions in the Netherlands. His family moved to Amsterdam from Morocco when he was just a child.