Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Tuesday June 14 2011
I can't help but feel that Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston will have a big smirk on his face tonight - he likes nothing more than winding people up (well, apart from money!).
KO has been taking a hammering all day from Liverpool fans on Twitter regarding his stance on Charlie Adam's potential transfer to Anfield, but as we all know, he's Karl Oyston and he'll do what he wants!
There are times when KO's hardball tactics work against the Seasiders, but on occasions like this they're absolutely spot on. Indeed, Vital are going to go against the grain here and publically SUPPORT our chairman's stance.
We covered KO's stance on the Adam situation in an article earlier today, so let's have a look at the Liverpool perspective and set about tearing it to shreds shall we?
According to reputed 'in the know' sources at Liverpool's end, Kenny Dalglish's side have verbally agreed to match BFC's demands for Adam (believed to be in the region of about £10M, with the possibility of some players also arriving at Bloomfield Road in exchange).
As we know though, verbal agreements count for nothing: David Vaughan verbally agreed a new contract back in January, only to then change his mind when his agent found him a better deal. Until it's in writing, any agreement between the two clubs counts for nothing.
So what if Liverpool have met our demands? We've still every right to change our minds or to take the transfer at our own pace - we may want to secure a replacement for Charlie before selling him after all. Just because we might be doing business with Liverpool doesn't mean that we should roll over and let the bigger club dictate things.
Furthermore, the Anfield side also messed us about in January with their bids for Adam, so what's so wrong with us 'messing' them around now? That's karma for you.
The sources at Liverpool's end also claim that Karl was refusing to take any calls from anyone at Anfield today as Kenny Dalglish looked to rush the transfer through.
I'll tell you why Dalglish wanted to rush the transfer through - he knows we're holding out for a bigger fee for Adam, and there's every chance we'll get it.
On Twitter, Liverpool fans have been in hysterics at the thought that we might get more money for Charlie, stating that the likes of Manchester United (realistically the only club who might pay more than Liverpool) aren't interested in Charlie. Sorry, but how do they know this? Since when have thousands of Liverpool fans been privy to the transfer dealings of their big rivals?
It is Vital's understanding that Man Utd ARE interested in Adam, but that they will only make a move for him if they fail to land other targets. Bearing that in mind, it makes perfect sense for us to hang on to Adam until the situation at Old Trafford becomes clear. It's not like the transfer deadline is anywhere near after all, and it doesn't really matter if Liverpool get Adam this week or in a few weeks time - pre-season training at Melwood won't be starting until July.
Finally, the 'in the know' sources claim that Adam has already agreed to join Liverpool, with talks having taken place whilst he was away in Dubai.
Like the rest of their claims, let's presume that what these people are saying is true... surely that means that Liverpool have tapped Adam up seeing as we've yet to officially accept their offer? Karl certainly hinted that talks between LFC and Adam had gone on without BFC's permission in his Gazette interview. Liverpool would do well to avoid pissing us off, else they could well face an FA/Premier League charge.
What's that saying again? Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...
Liverpool fans may believe that they have a divine right when it comes to transfers like this, but they don't.
Date:Tuesday June 14 2011
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