Wanted Man: Charlie Adam

The Blackpool midfielder has run rings around the Premier League this year and has proved an excellent signing for the Seasiders since his £500,000 move from Rangers in 2009.

Leading Blackpool to Premier League survival hasn’t been easy and along with the various other Blackpool players making their mark on the Prem, Adam has been at the centre of a transfer frenzy in recent weeks. He has starred in almost all of Blackpool’s games this season and with 29 points so far this season, it seems the Seasiders have all but secured Premier League survival for another year in the world’s top flight. But they could suffer from the common ‘second season syndrome’ most newly promoted clubs endure in their second season.

And that’s where Adam comes in. Throughout this January transfer window Adam has constantly been linked with a move away from Bloomfield Road despite the best efforts of gaffer and funnyman Ian Holloway. Holloway recently reiterated he was adamant on the Scot staying at Blackpool for next season and even went as far to label Adam with an outrageous £46M price tag.

Yesterday, as Holloway took to his weekly press conference, he became enraged when enquired about the possibility of selling Adam to Aston Villa.

“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.”

Holloway went on to say that he would be open for offers for Adam but at the right price, so he says.

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?

So the future remains unclear for Adam. Liverpool are currently the bookies favourite at 1/10 followed closely by Aston Villa at 3/1 but it looks like The Reds could nab him under the nose of the Villains. It’s also notable to add that Liverpool had a bid of £4.5M for Charlie Adam turned down today.

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About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on offtheupright.blogspot.com, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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