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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has told all but the Barclays Premier League’s top clubs to forget about signing his captain Charlie Adam.
The Scotland midfielder has been one of the revelations of the season for the promoted Seasiders and with 18 months left on his contract is already starting to attract interest. One club, reportedly Aston Villa, have made a £3.5million bid for the 25-year-old but Holloway will not even consider it.
“I want him to go to a club which is not struggling, it’s always been my goal to get him to one of the top five or six clubs,” said Holloway. “He wants one day to go to a bigger club than us and, where we are in the league (ninth), there aren’t too many.”
Holloway continued: “I want him to go to a place where he is likely to win, where he is not going to plug a hole and his manager is in a solid position.
“I want him to go to a place where he is loved, cherished and appreciated and that is certainly not any of the teams that have rung up about him so far.
“No disrespect to them but they are wasting their time. They can shove their bid wherever they like it because if they think he is only worth £3.5million they are watching a different game to the one I am.
“If they want to insult me by offering £3.5million then, sorry, they are barking up the wrong tree, they are messing with the wrong dog.
“I’ve seen what he does and some of it is genius – and you don’t get genius cheap.” (Press Association)
Charlie Adam plays with a continental style uncommon to the Premier League.
Part of the reason Blackpool have been so successful so far this season – particularly in away matches – is because of their ability to keep possession.
Scotland midfielder Adam is a huge part of that – exchanging simple passes until an opening appears, and spraying the ball diagonally to the wide forwards from midfield when possible.
It is a similar role to that which Xabi Alonso played for Liverpool before he was sold to Real Madrid, and if the Reds can secure his signature for around the £5m mark – and sign some pace on the flanks for him to aim at, it would be a tremendous investment.
Liverpool have competition in the chase for Adam though.
Both Aston Villa and Birmingham have had bids rejected already, but with Holloway downbeat about the prospect of his captain signing a new contract, he looks set to accept a bid for a decent price.
While neither of the second city sides or Liverpool are having particularly good seasons, it is the Merseyside team that look in the best position to rise again, and Adam’s head is most likely to be turned by a Liverpool transfer – particularly in anticipation of playing under Scottish icon Kenny Dalglish.
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