Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Friday January 29 2010
Following months of speculation, the Seasiders have received their first bid for midfield maestro Charlie Adam.
The bid, from an unnamed Championship club, but believed to be either Middlesbrough or Nottingham Forest, was in the region of £1.5 million, but was immediately knocked back by Ian Holloway, who stated that that wasn't even enough to buy his right leg and that he wants at least around £5 million for the player.
'I've told Charlie about the offer,' said Holloway.
'We have a bit of a pact: that I want to get him to a club that is - if I'm allowed to say this - in a much, much better situation than us. Why leave Rangers to come to Blackpool and then step sideways? Why do that when I think he can step up?
'I think he will still be here at the end of the season. It is normally after 18 months that I lose them!
'After 18 months, if I haven't received the offers I have told the board I think Adam is worth I'll be bitterly disappointed.'
Holloway would be loathe to let Adam go following the midfielder's form and the fact that he has so far struggled this month to bring in his transfer targets. Indeed, no one is expected to arrive before tomorrow's game and chairman Karl Oyston has admitted that no deals are looking likely at the moment on his Facebook page!
On loan defender Andy Butler remains the club's only aquisition this month, and Holloway revealed in his press conference yesterday that he has received fresh setbacks in the transfer market.
Hopes of re-signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on loan from Arsenal appear to be over after Arsenal said that they want the player to remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season, whilst a loan deal for Celtic midfielder Patrick McCourt has fallen through after the player scored at the weekend - leading boss Tony Mowbray wanting to keep him, having been impressed with his performance.
Meanwhile, the press in Scotland suggested yesterday that the Seasiders had had a £70,000 bid for Motherwell centre half Steven Saunders turned down and that the Scottish club want £500,000 for the player (surprise surprise!).
However, Holloway confirmed that he still has irons in the fire with five bids in for five players... hopefully Monday could prove to be a very exciting transfer deadline day at Bloomfield Road!
As always, Vital Blackpool will have all the news.
Date:Friday January 29 2010
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