The long running transfer saga between the Seasiders and Liverpool for Blackpool's Scottish international Charlie Adam looks set to be over after the two clubs reached an agreement for as yet undisclosed sum although the deal is understood to be worth £7.5m, rising to £8m based on appearances, has been agreed. A proposal to include loan moves for two Liverpool players was not part of the final agreement
Blackpool had previously dismissed offers from Aston Villa and Liverpool in the January transfer window rumoured to be around £4m before Tottenham made a last minute audacious bid for the Seasiders skipper which failed moments before the transfer deadline closed.
Blackpool’s manager Ian Holloway when asked if he definitely would not be selling Adam in January, Holloway said: “No. Why should I? The thing is, if someone offered the ‘right’ amount of money, which would be fair in terms of the market value of Charlie, how do I work out what that market value is when clubs are paying absolutely ludicrous amounts of money for people I don’t see as being as good as Charlie?
“You have to behave with respect and not all players do that sometimes but that is the way the game is. I think he is still improving, I think he belongs to us and if someone wants to offer money I think they are wasting their time because we don’t need to sell him at the moment.”
Holloway famously suggested Adam could be worth “£46m” due to what Blackpool would earn should they avoid relegation and Holloway described Villa’s recent offers as “absolutely disgraceful”.
“Obviously Aston Villa are a massive club but how can they rate Darren Bent at that sort of figure and offer me that for Charlie?” Holloway said. “I think it is quite derisory.”
Kenny Dalglish will unveil his new signing before the Reds leave for a pre-season competition in the Far east if Adam passes a medical and agrees personal terms. Adam will become Liverpool’s second signing of the close season after the arrival of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £16million. .