Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Monday January 10 2011
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.'
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Date:Monday January 10 2011
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