Belfast Telegraph

Adam's still improving - Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has nothing but praise for Charlie Adam as top clubs continue to court the former Rangers midfielder.

Holloway confirmed after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Sunderland that the Tangerines had rejected three bids for his services from Aston Villa, Birmingham and Liverpool. It would be enough to turn many a player's head but Adam remained influential and scored a late consolation goal from the penalty spot after Nedum Onuoha had nudged David Vaughan.

Holloway said: "When I got Charlie he was a very frustrated young man and now he is looking a fantastic footballer. You saw [against Sunderland] he was totally focused on playing as well as he can. He is doing himself, his family and our club proud."

He added: "He wins headers, he sets the tempo of our play and has an unbelievable range of passing. Charlie by the end of the season is going to be one hell of a player. He is still improving."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to take Adam to Anfield and Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston said they had posted a £4million bid, which Holloway branded as "disgraceful".

Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We received a verbal bid of £4million [from Liverpool] for Charlie on Friday, but it doesn't change the situation.

"He's still a player who is under contract with Blackpool and Liverpool's offer only matches previous offers we have recently turned down from Aston Villa."

Holloway said: "I was thinking about Liverpool and Charlie. I thought 'fantastic, what a great club for him to go to', and then when I heard the bid I thought it was disgraceful.

"What they offered is about the price Charlie would have been worth when Kenny was last playing.

"Is it a destabilising tactic from the three clubs - Birmingham, Aston Villa and now Liverpool? I don't know. They had better start by putting a figure one in front of the complete rubbish they have been offering so far."


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