In January, Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston and manager Ian Holloway both went public discussing private discussions with Liverpool over Charlie Adam. The club eventually refused to sell, with captain Charlie Adam spending transfer deadline day in the managers office – waiting to be allowed to move.
From that point on Blackpool’s season collapsed and they were eventually relegated from the Premier League.
Fast forward five months and it appears Blackpool are continuing to over-haggle on the price of their wantaway captain. Liverpool initially baulked at the £10M valuation – but stories today have appeared that Manchester United are interested at £12M. These stories could be genuine, or they could be part of Blackpool’s attempts to get their top figure.
But Liverpool are growing increasingly frustrated with the discussions – and will deliver Blackpool a take it or leave it offer within the next 48 hours, before moving on to other options.
The reds had been linked with other central midfielders as alternatives to Adam – including the 22 year old Dutch player Vurnon Anita of Ajax, but the player recently signed a contract extension to 2014 which will significantly increase his potential purchase price.
Anita’s agent said last week:
“From what I understand, Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in Anita. But we still have not made any approach or Ajax came in contact with us.”
“Vurnon is flattered that clubs are interested in him, but he has only just signed a new deal. Vurnon is only 22-years-old and is not ready yet for a move abroad”