The expected January fight over the future of Blackpool’s star man and heartbeat, Charlie Adam has started and it is Alex McLeish at Birmingham that has failed with the first attempt to wrest the playmaker away from Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool have officially turned down a £2m bid from Birmingham for the 25-year old Scotsman, a bid that some tangerine fans have called as ‘not even enough to by his kit’. However, although that shows Blackpool’s ambition to stay in the Premiership, it is only the start of an all out bidding war from half the top flight for Adam.
Across the second city from St. Andrews, Aston Villa are ready to give up on Stephen Ireland and raise the bidding to somewhere in the region of £3.5m in order to secure the skippers services.
With the quality that the talismanic midfielder provides, it’s little surprise that it is much more than a three way tussle for the player.
Both Sunderland and Blackburn are tracking the player who has an incredibly low six caps for Scotland and could well be interested in matching Villa’s £3.5m figure if that was accepted.
Meanwhile, David Moyes has been interested in the former Rangers player since the summer and although their interest was heightened when it looked like Adam would have his contract terminated due to a dispute earlier in the season of bonus payments. It remains to be seen whether the Toffees could afford £3.5m, although, in all likelihood, the bidding might escalate beyond that by the end of January.
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