Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Wednesday February 2 2011
I think it's fair to say that Kenny Moyes isn't the most popular man on the Flyde Coast right now, not that it seems to bother him.
Moyes (who is Charlie Adam's agent) really pushed for his client to get a move in the January transfer window, but it was to no avail as Blackpool held firm and refused to sell their skipper.
And surprise surprise, Moyes has turned to the press to air his frustrations that Adam is stuck at Bloomfield Road until at least the end of the season.
But whilst everything that he says isn't entirely accurate, he pours further cold water on Spurs manager Harry Redknapp's claims that Tottenham were on the verge of signing Adam right at the end of deadline day only for time to run out.
'Charlie loves Blackpool and the Blackpool fans, but he was desperate to move to Liverpool - who wouldn't feel that way when a club like that comes calling?
'But he was seriously mucked about. Blackpool refused to put a figure on how much they wanted for him and would not enter any meaningful negotiations.
'It has been a major stress for Charlie, a real emotional rollercoaster. As well as being angry he feels gutted and badly let down as the only player to put in a transfer request and have it ignored.'
Whilst Moyes no doubt has a point about Charlie wanting to move to a club like Liverpool and being upset that it didn't happen, Blackpool did make it clear time and time again that the offers they were receiving for the Scottish international were falling well short of their valuation of him.
Furthermore, Shaun Wright-Phillips also had a transfer request rejected and didn't get a move, so Charlie's not alone on that front.
'Luckily, coming from Rangers, he is bullet-proof, and I can promise you that you won't see any difference in his level of performance.
'He will be as committed and passionate as ever. That's just the way Charlie is - he's the sort of guy you would always want in the trenches alongside you.
'Charlie is naturally a bit down at the moment, but he'll be fine for the West Ham game. He played as well as ever against Sunderland and Manchester United while all the transfer talk was going on, and it will be just the same now.
'But he has personal ambitions he wants to fulfil, and I just hope the club play fair with him in the summer.'
The news that Charlie will get his down for the Seasiders and continue to do what he does best is welcome - the player knows it's in his best interests to keep on playing well and ensure that he gets his big move in the summer.
'Pool manager Ian Holloway has already admitted that he is likely to lose Adam in the summer, but says that he'll talk to his skipper first to make sure his head his right for tonight's clash against West Ham and for the rest of the season.
However, Ollie has also warned Moyes to behave himself otherwise 'Pool chairman Karl Oyston may well dig his heels in and refuse to sell Charlie in the summer as well.
'Pool are believed to be very angry about Moyes' actions last month, and Oyston said yesterday that the agent had told Charlie that only Liverpool seriously wanted him, only for Spurs to make a last gasp attempt to sign him - proving that if Charlie keeps playing well then he'll have a range of options to pick from in the summer, putting the ball well and truly both in his and BFC's court.
Speaking about Spurs' offer, Moyes also rubbished Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's claims that the only reason the deal didn't go through was that the London club ran out of time to get the deal done:
'They came in far too late. I've seen the stories about how Blackpool couldn't locate two directors to approve the deal, but we hadn't even talked personal terms with Tottenham. So it couldn't have happened anyway.'
Date:Wednesday February 2 2011
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