Liverpool complete Assaidi deal
Liverpool have completed the signing of Oussama Assaidi from Dutch side SC Heerenveen.
Assaidi, 24, joins for around £3 million and passed a medical at Melwood before signing a long-term deal with the club. He scored 10 times in the Dutch League last season and Rodgers thinks he will become a crowd pleaser at Anfield.
"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," he 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.
"We're not expecting too much too early, he needs time to adapt but we're delighted he's chosen to come here over a number of other clubs. As I said, I'll look forward to helping his development and I hope he'll become a very good part of this club."
Assaidi, a Morocco international, has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie. He becomes Brendan Rodgers' third signing following the arrivals of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen and will take the No. 11 shirt last worn by Maxi Rodriguez . He said Rodgers helped persuade him join Liverpool instead of Fulham and Ajax.
He told the club website: "I'm very happy to play for this big club. 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."