Transfer Target: Charlie Adam

by Robbie Deighan

The man largely responsible for Blackpool’s aesthetically pleasing football is becoming a much sought after property in the Premier League, and Robbie Deighan looks at a possible move on the horizon for Charlie Adam.

Who? Blackpool central midfielder Charlie Adam. The 25 year old Scot has set the Premier League alight this season, to the surprise of many, although not Ian Holloway. The former Rangers player has only six caps for Scotland and had fallen out of favour in Glasgow when  Holloway brought him to Blackpool on loan. He impressed and Holloway made the deal permanent. In his first full season as a Blackpool player proper, Adam scored 16 goals from midfield and only missed three league games in a season that ended with Blackpool gaining promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. Blackpool were widely expected to struggle this season but obviously this has not been the case. Besides the usual top teams, Blackpool have been the stand out performers and Charlie Adam the stand out performer in the Blackpool team. His three Premier League goals and shining performances, particularly in the home and away victories against Liverpool, have led to the former Rangers reject becoming the most sought after British player this January.

Is he available? Adam’s contract runs out in 18 months and while Blackpool want to begin talks over a new one Adam seems reluctant. Blackpool don’t have the financial backing to face losing a quality player like Adam for nothing so if the right bid comes in they will sell. If the right bid doesn’t come in this month, expect Adam to stall on any new contract talks until Blackpool’s Premier League status for next season is set in stone and even then, he may dream of pastures new.

Who wants him? We know that one club had a £3.5 million bid rejected by Blackpool. What we don’t know is whether the club in question is Aston Villa or Birmingham, but both are believed to be extremely interested. Both clubs are having disappointing seasons and new faces are badly required. Birmingham rely on two oldies in Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson in the centre of the park and capturing the 25 year old Adams would be great business in the short and long-term. Aston Villa have had to rely on their youngsters as Petrov has struggled with injuries and Stephen Ireland has struggled to fit in. The prospect of Adam feeding the ball out wide to Young and Albrighton should excite Villa fans. Either club would be improved with Adam in the team and both should do their all to sign him. Recently, the media have speculated that Kenny Dalglish wants to bring his fellow Scot to Anfield. Perhaps a bit underwhelming for Liverpool fans dreaming of big money moves for foreign stars, but Adam would be a hell of an improvement on Christian Poulsen.

How much would he go for? Well not for £3.5 million that’s for sure. Although for a player with only 18 months left on his contract the next move for his pursuers should be an improved £5 million bid. Blackpool can’t expect to get much more than that for Charlie Adam, especially if the player decides to make life more difficult for them by announcing he will not sign a new contract. Holloway also stated that he’d prefer to sell Adam on to a bigger club, dismissing the likes of Birmingham and Aston Villa because they are currently beneath Blackpool in the table, but  giving Liverpool a pardon because of their big club status.

Blackpool are believed to be in negotiations to sign Barnsley player Adam Hammill, which could signal the Tangerines are prepared to accept a bid for Charlie Adam soon.

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