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By ESPN Staff
Aug 16, 2012

Oussama Assaidi signs with Liverpool

Liverpool completed the signing of winger Oussama Assaidi from Dutch side SC Heerenveen on Friday.

The 24-year-old passed a physical on Friday and signed for about 3 million pounds ($4.7 million). He is Brendan Rodgers' third signing since he took over from Kenny Dalglish in June.

"We're delighted with the signing; he's a young player who has done very well, in particular in the last couple of seasons, in Holland," Rodgers said. "He fits our style perfectly, he's an exciting player who is very good in one versus one situations and I think he's a player that will excite the crowd."

Assaidi scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for the Dutch club and has 22 appearances for Morocco since making his international debut in February 2011.

"I'm very happy to play for this big club," Assaidi told Liverpool's website. "The first time I spoke to the coach I had a good feeling. I had offers from other big clubs but I've been waiting for this moment.

"The coach gave me a good feeling. It will be a dream to play with these big players and I hope training will help me to be a good player here. When I watch Liverpool, it's always a good atmosphere, the fans are fantastic and I'm happy to be here."

Rodgers was strongly linked with loan moves for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 21, and Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, in the past few days and having admitted he did not have much money to spend it was expected these two would be the next to arrive.

However, Assaidi now joins Roma striker Fabio Borini and Swansea midfielder Joe Allen in making his way to Anfield.

Assaidi began his career in the youth academy at AZ Alkmaar before joining FC Omniworld and then moving on to De Graafschap in 2008 and Heerenveen the following year.

Infomartion from Press Association was used in this report.

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