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Villa Make Fresh Adam Bid

Villa Make Fresh Adam Bid

The January transfer window is most definitely in full swing now with rumours and breaking news coming at us left, right and centre.

The last 24 hours BFC wise have been dominated by the future of talismanic captain Charlie Adam after both Birmingham and Aston Villa had bids rejected for him this morning.

Tomorrow's Guardian claims that Villa have now improved their bid to £3.5 million for the Scot, ironically the same fee that they are set to receive for Steven Sidwell.

The Guardian claim that the fresh bid will test 'Pool's resolve, but in my opinion I think it still falls someway short of Charlie's true value (which I would put at closer to £10 million).

Indeed, 'Pool manager Ian Holloway says that the club don't need to sell Charlie and will only do so if they receive an offer that is right for both the club and player:

'We have got no reason to sell anyone. We are a well-run club and we want to add in this window, not lose anyone. We have got [Adam] for 18 months on his contract and I told him this morning if one of those top [six] clubs come in then I might have to consider it, but they would have to offer the right amount of money for this club to move forward.'

Despite Adam impressing this season in the Premier League, his potential move to Villa Park has been met with widespread anger by Villa fans who have made comments such as 'Fuckin Charlie Adam, dear me, are we building a team for the Championship? He seems like a shitter version of Gareth Barry to me, and he's the sort of player i'd expect teams like Blues, Fulham, West Ham, Wigan etc to be after, although i suppose we're in the same boat as them now.'

We asked lifelong Villa fan Breton Towler what he thought of the situation:

'Many people questioned whether or not Adam could make the step up from the Championship. He has proved so far this campaign to be both influential and inspirational in Blackpool's fight to stay in the Premier League and in today's market a price tag of at least £7 million pounds would not be far short of a realistic valuation.

'Villa managed to scrape £3.5 million for a 'Championship' level player
in Sidwell so recruiting Adam in our fight to beat the drop would not seem as daft a move as many of the claret and blue army think.

'Villa are lacking both in numbers and quality. Consequently, signings (particularly in the attacking department) need to be made urgently to ensure Premier League football remains at Villa Park in 2011 and beyond.'

What's your take on the story? As always, you can get involved in the debate on our forums or in the comments section below this article.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Monday January 10 2011
Time: 11:32PM


I'm sorry, did I just read that right? £10M? HAHA! Seriously? For Charlie Adam? Ashley Young cost us £9.5M! You have not got a hope in hell. £4M would be the max anyone will offer you for him, he isn't that good!
10/01/2011 23:45:00
18 months on contract means his value goes down, im a villa fan .... we had barry .. valued at 22/24 mill, contract whittled down n went for 12 .......... similer ash young right now, was and is when at his best a 26-30mill player, he is now being linked to 12-16mill bids cuz he got 18 months left or so ...... contracts are the value . If charlie adam had 3 yrs on it , yh 7-8mill would be fair, but he hasnt, so 3.5mill to 4 mill is good value. Just my opinion
10/01/2011 23:47:00
Completely agree meakers. But £10M? Even if he had 3 years left on his deal you would be incredibly fotunate to have someone bid that!
10/01/2011 23:51:00
And have I read that right? You think we got £3.5M for Sidwell? Someone with 6 months left on his deal? It was £250k we got!
10/01/2011 23:57:00
As a villa fan i rate him. Can pick a pass and score, something our current 'centre midfielders' struggle to do
11/01/2011 00:01:00
but medzy some people would argue we have reserves players who can already do this and are betta than him at it e.g. bannan, delph, gary gardner and i wouldnt swap any of those for him although i think he is a very good player and would help us out bt i just think these three players are exceptionally talented and should be given a proper run in the team
11/01/2011 00:15:00
In terms of transfer fee, I think £10m is too high a value for him. IMO, he's worth around £7.5m - to BLACKPOOL. Others will see it as less, but that's down to opinions. From our POV, we don't need to sell him, so we'll only sell if we get a ridiculous offer we can't turn down, from a team that Adam can make a step-up to - i.e. guaranteed European football? As for the point on fees dropping, part of it may be because of contract length but the main reason is the financial climate we're in. Only a handful of clubs have the finances - and the balls - to make £30m+ bids these days
11/01/2011 00:24:00
I am impressed with adam, but not 100% sure he is what Villa need. Is he not going to block the progression of Barry Bannan? Our reserves have just stuffed the much lauded Arsenal 10-1. We have qualty youngsters and IMO should only be looking to bring in TOP players instead of them. Charlie Adam is good, and I think £3-4m is a fair price, but I'm not sure we need him although I wouldn't be disappointed to get him!
11/01/2011 00:43:00
If houllier wants him that badly then we will get him, no way can blackpool afford to let a player whos contract is coming to an end go on a free. 3.5m is a good offer and like i said if houllier wants him there isn't no stopping him.
11/01/2011 00:43:00
hang on..... blackpool have no money problems and dont have to sell him...... and what to say he wont sign a new blackpool contract.... and how do you know he wants to come to villla..... doesnt matter if you offer 10 million if charlie doesnt want to come.......... if you get him, u get him , but i would be surprised!...
11/01/2011 07:54:00
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