Anfield side close in on Blackpool playmaker.
Blackpool’s midfield-maestro is likely to join Liverpool when the summer transfer window opens on 1st July. The Reds made a number of bids for Scottish international Adam in January following his fine display of form for the newly-promoted Tangerines, bidding up to £10million for his services.
But Blackpool refused to sell their prized asset at that price and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has insisted that his club won’t be bullied into letting Adam go for a minimal fee – although he admits that the club don’t have the resources to fulfil Adam’s ambitions.
“The situation will be taken out of my hands because of how well he has played,” he told the Blackpool Gazette.
“Other people who have a lot more resources than I have will have seen what he can do, and it will be their choice and not mine.”
After a record-breaking transfer deadline day, Adam remained a Blackpool player – although that nearly wasn’t the case. Liverpool looked to be winning the chase for the 24-year-old Scot’s signature, with Adam even handing in a transfer request at Bloomfield Road to speed up proceedings. Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham then came in with a higher bid but unfortunately for Spurs they couldn’t get the paperwork finished in time.
The media attention surrounding Adam and his potential move to one of the Premier League’s top sides hasn’t hindered his performances though, and his sensational form has continued into the second-half of the season. Alex Ferguson even heaped praise on the midfielder after his display for Blackpool against United, stating Adam’s set-pieces were worth £10m alone. But manager Ian Holloway insists that when a deal is done it will be mutually beneficial for all parties involved.
“Until his contract runs out [in June 2012] surely we should hold out for what we think is right and not be bullied by some bigger, stronger and tougher clubs,” he explained.
“That’s what they were trying to do in January and I didn’t like it.”
With Kenny Dalglish looking to strengthen his squad in the summer, Adam would be an ideal purchase to bolster his midfield lineup. Liverpool have yet to find a worthy replacement for Xabi Alonso and Charlie Adam might well just be the man for the job. But as Holloway has stated, Blackpool won’t be bullied over the price on Adam’s head, which will mean some shrewd negotiations from Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli.