Holloway has talks with Adam over future

IAN Holloway says it will take an "astronomical figure" to persuade him to sell Charlie Adam, and the Blackpool boss reiterated his desire to keep his skipper at least until the summer.

Five Premier League clubs are reported to have joined the bidding war for the Seasiders midfielder.

Pool confirmed they have turned down two offers, believed to be from Birmingham and Aston Villa and in the region of 2.5m. Blackburn, Stoke and Sunderland are also hovering.

Ahead of tomorrow's clash with Liverpool, Holloway made the position clear.

"The chairman has told me of two enquiries about Charlie. They have both been told very politely that unless it is an astronomical fee which takes the club forward we don't need to sell," said the boss.

"We are a well-run club and we have him for 18 months, so thank you very much. If you want him that much why didn't you buy him off Rangers?

"So of course I think he'll still be here come February 1. I see no reason why he won't be."

Holloway met with Adam, 25, after training yesterday to discuss the interest from other clubs.

The manager revealed: "I wrote down some teams I would definitely love him to go to. I asked him to fill out his own list. Maybe he has a few more he might consider, so I'll be interested to see that list," added the manager.

"But Charlie knows how far he has come with me. I told him what I wanted to do for him and it hasn't changed.

"I want him to go to a much bigger and better club than us, and I want him to go to a strong club which is in a good position and not a weak position – and that isn't happening at the moment.

"Charlie has known all along that I want him to benefit but until I get the right phonecall from the right type of people he is going to crack on with us and keep doing what he does for us."

FOR MORE FROM IAN HOLLOWAY SEE TUESDAY'S GAZETTE.