Belfast Telegraph

Adam kops dream move to Liverpool

By Ian Herbert

Liverpool are close to their second signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Charlie Adam.

The Blackpool midfielder was on Merseyside yesterday after Liverpool agreed a fee to bring the 25-year-old midfielder to Anfield.

Adam was finalising the details of his move at Liverpool last night, after the news of an agreement between the clubs was announced yesterday afternoon.

The fee is thought to be in the region of £7million with the possibility of Liverpool youngsters moving in the opposite direction.

Jonjo Shelvey, Danny Wilson and Stephen Darby have all been mentioned as possible make-weights.

This move succeeds where, five months ago, Liverpool failed. In January there was a £4.5m bid for Adam from Anfield, a valuation which manager Ian Holloway described as “complete rubbish”.

“I thought: ‘Fantastic, what a great club for him to go to,'“ Holloway said at the time.

“Then when I heard the bid I thought it was disgraceful. I don't think it was Kenny that put that offer in.

“Mr (Damien) Comolli should look at what is going on and get realistic. What they offered is about the price Charlie would have been worth when Kenny was last playing.”

Adam submitted a transfer request in January but stayed for the rest of the season.

Despite some highly-lauded midfield displays he could not save Blackpool from relegation in their first Premier League season, although he is now set to remain in the top flight next season.

The Scotland international is the second British midfielder to join Liverpool this summer, one month after Jordan Henderson was signed from Sunderland for roughly £16m.

Dalglish and director of football Comolli are reinforcing the midfield this summer, having brought in two new forwards in January.

In the same category as Adam and Henderson is Stewart Downing, the 26-year-old English winger at Aston Villa, for whom Liverpool had a £15m bid rejected on Tuesday. Liverpool had previously been interested in Ashley Young and Phil Jones, now both of Manchester United, and Connor Wickham, now of Sunderland.

As well as Adam, Liverpool secured the long-term future of Glen Johnson yesterday, as the right-back signed a contract extension.

“We are absolutely delighted,” said Comolli.

“We were in talks for a few weeks, but it was easy to find an agreement because he wanted to stay and we wanted him to stay.”

Comolli was enthusiastic about the future of England's first-choice right-back, who joined Liverpool from Portsmouth in 2009.

“His best years are to come,” he said. “Very often defenders peak between 26 and 31, so he is just entering into those years where a maturity comes in and his knowledge of the game gets better and better.

“We are happy his long-term future is at Liverpool.

“It's obvious when you watch him play his technical ability is second to none.

“Physically he is absolutely fantastic as well and his fitness level is great.

“Towards the end of last season he showed how versatile he is by playing at left-back or right-back — mostly at left-back — and was outstanding.”

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